Harold R. “Puck” Rowe, Sr., a Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc. retiree and instrumental community service worker, is serving as The University of Findlay’s Dana Chair for the spring semester.
Eleven UF students also have been named as Dana Scholars.
The College of Business Dana Chair and Scholar Program provides an opportunity for business students to benefit from those who have worked in the field.
A 1991 donation from the Dana Corporation established the Dana Chair to utilize the “Executive-In-Residence” concept on campus. The program began in 1995 with the intent that each academic year’s selected professional would meld education with real-world business practices.
The Dana Chair serves as a team builder and leader in the undergraduate business program. Dana Scholars are chosen by the College of Business faculty and are recognized as outstanding students within that college for their academic and leadership skills.
Rowe, a Findlay resident who attended Ohio University and Bowling Green State University, was employed at Columbia Gas for 40 years, where he worked in budgeting, human and employee relations, public relations and community relations.
Community has always been important to Rowe, who has served on numerous boards and committees. He was on the executive committee and was chairman for the Findlay Community Development Foundation; was the chair for Findlay-Family YMCA’s capital campaign, which raised $6.8 million to renovate the downtown branch; and has served in leadership positions on boards and committees for United Way of Hancock County, Junior Achievement, the Findlay Chamber of Commerce, Community Improvement Corporation and many more organizations.
Rowe was awarded the United Way Distinguished Volunteer Award in 2010.
He was married to the late Janet (Krumm) Rowe. They have four children and eight grandchildren.
The Dana Scholars include: Erica Kaye Arthur from Findlay; Jacob Thomas Brown, Van Buren; Jordan Garcia, Fremont; Meredith E. Hoops, Napoleon; Rocky Hill, Connecticut; Dylan Kaufman, Millersburg; Laura Penza, Norwalk; Andrea Roach, Littleton, Colorado; Amy Schroer, Leo, Indiana; Nathan Schutz, Pandora; Shelby Warner, Elida; and Morgan Watkins, West Bloomfield, Michigan.
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