MANSFIELD — Galion veterinarian John Shuler has been named The Ohio State University at Mansfield Board Alumni chair.
The position was created about three years ago by Dean and Director Stephen Gavazzi as a way to stem the flow of institutional experience and historical memory that left as board members completed their terms. As board members complete their service, they may be asked to serve an additional one to three years as board alumni chair. The chair’s role is to give a voice and facilitate volunteer opportunities to the 83 former board members who have served since the Mansfield Board was organized in 1994.
Now, as Shuler completes his third three-year term on the Mansfield Board, he is next in line to serve as chair.
“I think maybe the biggest loss when we go off our appointment is that sometimes we don’t get the opportunity to provide the level of input that a lot of us enjoyed being able to have,” Shuler said. “I want to be sure to allow those former board members who are still out in the community a way let the Mansfield Board know what they are hearing and seeing and what they feel the needs are in the community.”
Retired Mansfield dentist Don DeCenso was the most recent Board Alumni leader. As co-chair of the But for Ohio State Mansfield Gateway Campaign Family Division, DeCenso and Dr. Christ Ticoras informed and engaged former board members about the new Board Leadership Scholarship, internship program, and Bromfield Library and Information Commons renovations. Their efforts established a permanent scholarship endowment, helping local students with campus and community service complete their degrees at Ohio State Mansfield.
“Don was the conduit between the board and board alumni as we formed the scholarship endowment,” Gavazzi said. “I know John will continue those relationships as we move forward with new initiatives.”
Shuler is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Agriculture and College of Veterinary Medicine. He is the owner of Horizon Animal Hospital, Inc., a small animal practice in Galion. Shuler also is very active in his community, having served on the boards of Galion Community Foundation, Crawford County Humane Society, the Ohio Animal Health Foundation and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.