Emeritus status for two former University of Findlay board members was granted during the May 2021 Board of Trustees meeting. Earning the appointments were A. R. Charnes ’66 of McCormick, South Carolina, and John Haywood of Findlay, Ohio.
Mr. Alvia R. Charnes is a 1966 graduate of Findlay College, earning a degree in marketing and pursuing a successful career in the oil industry. He retired in 2008 as vice president of marketing for Getty Petroleum.
In 1985, Mr. Charnes was inducted into the University of Findlay Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievements as a member of the men’s varsity basketball team and the men’s golf team. In 2008 he was named a Distinguished Alumnus for his career accomplishments and his involvement with the University of Findlay.
In 2008, he and his wife, Mary Ann, became the national co-chairs for the University of Findlay’s 125th Endowed Funds Drive and created the A. R. and Mary Ann Charnes Student Life Endowment. That same year, Mr. Charnes joined UF’s Board of Trustees. He became the Chair of the Board in 2014 and served in that capacity through 2020.
In 2012, A. R. and Mary Ann again served as co-chairs in the Give Voice to Value Campaign. During the campaign, over $52 million was raised to enhance student learning. The Charnes’ generously gave $150,000 toward UF’s newest building, the Center for Student Life and College of Business. In 2016, in honor of his 50th class reunion, Mr. Charnes spearheaded the class project of funding a veterans’ honor wall in the Center for Student Life and College of Business. The striking display pays homage to any UF or Findlay College graduate or attendee who has served in the military.
John H. Haywood has served honorably as a member of the University of Findlay Board of Trustees for twenty-one years, from 2000 to 2021. He has been a member of the University of Findlay Business Affairs Committee, the University of Findlay Athletic Committee from 2004 to 2012, where he served as chair, and the Academic Affairs Committee.
Haywood earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Math from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in 1978, and a Master of Business Administration from BGSU in 1987.
Since 2011, he has served as President and CEO of the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance.