Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Business and civic leader James Caldwell named Rich Bebee Leadership Award recipient


Former Ohio University-Chillicothe student James Caldwell, who has a distinguished career in business and community service, has been named the recipient of the Rich Bebee Leadership Award.  He will be recognized during OU-C’s Recognition of Graduation ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 in the Shoemaker Center.

The award recognizes former OU-C students who exemplify leadership, service to the university, philanthropic support, recognition in their professional field and service to the community. The award is named in honor of Richard Bebee, who was dean of the Chillicothe Campus from 2001 to 2010.

Past winners include Jim Lungo in 2010, Beverly J. Gray in 2011, Martha Gerber Rittinger in 2012, Ken Breidenbaugh in 2013, Julia Lyddon Gourley in 2014 and Stephen Gary in 2015.

Caldwell earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ohio University in 1963. He has also received an honorary master of arts and honorary doctoral degree, both in public service, from the University of Rio Grande.

Fittingly, Caldwell’s began his professional pursuits as an educator before transitioning to a long and distinguished career as a business professional. His civic involvement includes elected offices and service with area organizations focused on improving the quality of life for area residents.

After teaching for a year in Jackson City School District, he began his current career as a public accountant. He is president of Caldwell, Ott & Co.

Beyond the workplace, Caldwell has made his impact in the region in several ways. He has served as a Ross County Commissioner since 1977, and he was previously on the Chillicothe City Council, where he served as the Finance Committee chair. He has also been director of the Vinton County Bank in McArthur.

Caldwell has been president of the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce and has served as a trustee on the Majestic Theater Foundation and of the David Meade Massie Trust. In 1973, he was the Chillicothe Jaycees Citizen of the Year and a 1986 delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business. Additionally, he has been on the board of directors of the Ross County Community Improvement Corporation.

He is a chairman of the South Central Ohio Regional Development Alliance of Southern Ohio and the South Central Ohio Regional Juvenile Detention Center. In 2016, the Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized Caldwell as an outstanding supporter of the fair. Further, he has been involved in many projects to benefit the Chillicothe Campus.

His wife, Pam Caldwell, is also an Ohio University graduate, as are their two grown children, Jennifer Domo and James P. Caldwell.

The 2016 class of OU-C Distinguished Alumni includes four individuals who will be recognized during the April 29 ceremony. Their portraits will then be displayed with past recipients in the Bennett Hall hallway. The 2016 distinguished alumni include:

Terry Alan Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University in 1974, completed graduate studies at Northern Kentucky University and earned a master’s degree from the College of Mount Saint Joseph in 1986. Davis taught geography and history courses in the Chillicothe City Schools from 1974 to 2008. He has been a symphony chorus member for 35 years, and he participated in the 50th Anniversary of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra performance in its debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York City, a performance that received rave reviews from The New York Times.  Davis has been involved in the Chillicothe Education Association, Ohio Education Association and National Education Association. Davis was recognized by OEA and NEA in their publications for creative approaches to educational instruction.  He also has served as History Day director for the J.A. Smith Middle School.  Davis was a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar, Ohio Valley Institute Scholar, the Baldor Scholar at the U.S. Holocaust Museum and the Foundation for Teachers of Economics Scholar. Davis was co-author of the booklet:  The Northwest Ordinance 1787 -1987. He is a member of the Ohio Underground Railroad Association and the Majestic Theater Board.

Sherri I. (Ramsey) Hoselton
earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1978 and her master’s degree in special education in 1986, both from Ohio University. She taught in the Chillicothe City School District for 35 years.  She also was coach of the state and national award-winning Chillicothe High School cheerleading teams and earned the Martha Holden Jennings Scholarship Award. Hoselton has also been involved with OU-C as a cheerleading coach, served on the Howard O. “Corky” Miller Open Golf Tournament Committee and supervised student-teachers. Further, Hoselton has been very involved in community organizations, such as the Junior Civic League, Jaycee Women, Chillicothe Bicentennial Committee, producer and director of both the Chillicothe Miss Bicentennial Pageant and the Miss South Central Ohio Scholarship Pageant, as well as served with the Chillicothe Education Foundation, including its executive committee. She is currently on the Women’s Board of Adena Health System, secretary of the Chillicothe Country Club Board of Directors, a member of the Chillicothe High School Alumni Association and on the Miss Ohio Scholarship Advisory Board.

Sherry N. Mong earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky, her master’s degree in sociology from Ohio University in 2003 and her doctoral degree from The Ohio State University. Mong has a wide range of professional and business experience. She has practiced as a certified public accountant. Her desire to understand social processes and social problems led her to obtain a Master of Arts degree from Ohio University where she studied criminology and criminological theory.  She continued her education at The Ohio State University where she specialized in the sociology of work and social stratification including inequalities in race, gender, class and age. She teaches both sociology and criminology courses at Capital University. Mong has worked with community partners in leading service learning projects and actively serves a mentor for student research.  Her current research work is on the paid and unpaid labor associated with skilled family caregiving.  Her collaboration works include “African American Men and Experience of Employment Discrimination” in the Qualitative Sociology in 2010 and “Age Discrimination, Social Closure and Employment” in Social Forces in 2007.  Mong currently serves on the First English Lutheran Church’s Center of Hope team, and she is a founding member of the OU-C Giving Circle.

Sherri K. Rutherford earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University in 1990 and her law degree from the Capital University Law School. Prior to practicing law, Rutherford taught in the Chillicothe School district.  She has been an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Ross County, Assistant Law Director for Chillicothe and Law Director for the City of Chillicothe.  Rutherford also has a private practice and has been admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rutherford has served on the Board of Trustees for the Area Agency on Aging, District 7 and the Board of the Chillicothe Foundation.   She is participating in the Heroin Partnership Program.  Her appointment to the Chillicothe Municipal Drug Court is pending approval.  She is involved in the S.A.L.T. and TRIAD for Senior Citizens. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Law Enforcement Technology Program at Ohio University-Chillicothe.  Rutherford has also presented to various classes, and she spoke at the Ohio University Chillicothe scholarship breakfast in 2014. 

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