Leaders’ influence in city, campus impact lives

David Jackson

President of the Faculty Association

Jackson has led the opposition to the administration’s 115 faculty cuts in the past year. By organizing silent protests and marches, the Faculty Association has sustained the message that the cuts will degrade a University education.

“I’m proud of the work our organization is doing to fight faculty cuts, and continuing to do so next semester,” Jackson said.

Daniel Gordon

First Ward Council member, University graduate student

Gordon organized community improvement committee meetings to address east-side issues after the rezoning issue in February. Since those, council has bought Ridge School to turn into a green space and examined ways to make Bowling Green a more bike-friendly town.

“These meetings are a means of exploring these issues,” Gordon said. “The most important thing you can do for someone is improve their quality of life.”

Mary Ellen Mazey

University President

Under her watch, the administration has cut 115 faculty positions throughout the year. The administration maintains that the cuts were necessary to keep costs down for students in a time of dwindling state funds. Mazey also froze a tuition for next year and donated her $50,000 bonus to scholarships.

“We are facing changing demographics and a recovering economy,” Mazey said in an email. “But we are up to these challenges — our goal is to provide a quality, affordable education with nationally recognized academic programs. Is it easy? No, but we are making progress.”

Faith Yingling

Director of Wellness

Yingling has helped the Wellness Connection and Student Wellness Network host panels on sexual assault and mental illness. She has also used actors and plays to illustrate the seriousness of sexual assault and rape and helped to host eating disorder awareness week this past spring.

“The issues we talked about … are overarching,” Yingling said. “I think it’s important to bridge our campus resources and community resources and work together on these issues.”

Barbara Ruland

Executive Director of Downtown Bowling Green

Ruland is responsible for promoting and coordinating special events downtown such as Black Swamp Arts Festival, Winterfest and Classics on Main Car Show. She also helps market downtown shops to bring in more business.

“One of the things I really liked with BG ever since I came here was it’s distinctive sense of place,” Ruland said. “We want to keep BG a place people want to come to.”

Jill Carr

Vice President for

Student Affairs

Carr headed the committee that helped to write the Clean Air Policy, a campus-wide smoking ban that will go into effect Jan. 1.

“In no way was this just my work,” Carr said. “From the standpoint of promoting good health … this policy was developed to benefit everyone in the University community.”

Alexandra Lahey

President of FORCE

As President of Feminists Organization Raising Consciousness and Empowerment, she has begun working to stop the sexist signs on Wooster Street during opening weekend. She has also helped with Bathroom Safari and hosted Take Back the Night.

“It’s important for students to lead change,” Lahey said. “I hope events like these not only heighten awareness … but make more tangible changes on campus.”

Jeff Nelson

Director of the University

bookstore

Nelson has helped lower book prices for students by bringing in a book rental company that will make more books available to students to rent for less.

“It will control cost for students as far as stretching budgets and the overall cost of college will be more affordable,” Nelson said.

Kevin Lewis

President of Black Student Union, University student

Lewis led the formation of Call To Action after a second outburst of racially charged tweets in October. The group revived the discussion of diversity issues on campus and pushed the Undergraduate Student Government and University administration to take a stand with them.

“The works that’s been done can’t be contributed to one person,” Lewis said. “Without every piece of the puzzle, it wouldn’t work.”

Dave Clawson

Football head coach

After a 2-10 season in 2010, Clawson took the football team to its first MAC Championship since 2003. Led by Quarterback Matt Johnson, the Falcons won their first conference title in more than 20 years. The team also went to three bowl games in five years.

“The exposure that the football team has brought the University has helped all areas across campus,” said Jason Knavel, assistant athletic director.