The new executive board officers were sworn into office at the spring banquet at the Marriott Hotel in Cincinnati: President Russell O’Neill ( University of Akron Wayne College); President-elect Claude Paumier (Stark State College of Technology); Secretary Marcia MacBride (John Carroll University); Treasurer Henry Trenkelbach ( Kent State University); Vice President for Public Colleges and Universities Geri Ash Grove ( Kent State University); Vice President for Private Colleges and Universities Julie Mitchell ( University of Dayton); Vice President for Community and Technical Colleges Francis Sebring ( Belmont Technical College); and Vice President for Branch/regional Campuses Debbie Ruhe (Kent State University Stark Campus).

The Association’s standing committee chairs for the new year were Susan Berry (Washington State Community College) Awards and Honors; Debbie Simpson (Cuyahoga Community College) Communications; Tom Blaney ( North Central Technical College) Legislative Awareness; Lori Gourley ( NEOUCOM) and Eloise Lafferty (University of Akron) Conference; Jim Vondrell ( University of Cincinnati) Constitution and Bylaws; Amy Mast ( University of Akron Wayne College) Membership; Annette Staunton ( Tiffin University) Nomination and Election; Angela McCutcheon ( Washington State Community College) Information Resources; Janice Peterson (Bowling Green State University) and Margaret Katzan ( University of Toledo) Site Selection, and Valerie Betts-Morrison,( Ohio University, Zanesville) Special Interest Groups.

A major accomplishment of the Association this year was the establishment and implementation of the OCHEA website. The website includes an up-to-date membership directory, association history, awards listings, and summaries of executive board meetings in addition to pertinent announcements. The website is the result of much work by Angie McCutcheon, chair of the Information Resources Committee.

In order to provide opportunities for staff members to participate in professional development activities, for the second year in a row OCHEA offered a workshop on June 29th at Stark State College which had 15 participants. A second workshop workshop was cancelled due to small enrollment.

A Professional Development Day for all OCHEA members and guests was held in October at Greystone Wineries in Columbus with a record attendance. The subject was using the internet for marketing opportunities.

The private college constituency under the leadership of Julie Mitchell held a drive-in one day workshop at the University of Dayton on Distance Learning and how private colleges are addressing the issue.

The following awards were presented to members at the annual conference at Cherry Valley: Service to the Association – Muriel Ballou ( Ohio University), Mary Kay Meyer (Xavier University), Karen House (Miami University Hamilton)

Program Excellence – Kathi Albertson ( Ohio University Zanesville), Amy Mast ( University of Akron Wayne College) and Kimberly Sayers ( The Ohio State University ATI), Christine Gibbons (John Carroll University)

OLLO – Allan Swanson ( Baldwin Wallace College) and Robert McElwee (University of Akron Wayne College)

The membership database was refined this year and renewal notices were personalized. There were 49 new members which brought membership to a total of 161.

The annual conference theme was “Charting your Course.” The conference was held at Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark, Ohio from March 1-3, 2000. Keynote speakers were Greg Marsello of LERN, Tom Terez who spoke on the Meaningful Workplace and Mark Towers who gave a humorous motivational speech. Thirteen breakouts and a field trip to the Longaberger corporate headquarters and factory completed the conference.