Wayne College is honored to recognize those individuals instrumental in the College’s founding.

Founding Leaders

(Name and designation as they appeared in 1972.)

  • Norma J. Amstutz – President, Orrville Chamber of Commerce
  • Alan C. Auble – Owner, Auble Funeral Home
  • Hollis S. Auble – Owner, Hollis Tree Farm
  • Carl F. Back – Vice President, Sanderson Cyclone Drill Co.
  • W. Wayne Badger – Judge, Holmes County
  • William B. Baer – President, The Will-Burt Co.
  • Samuel R. Bohlen – President, Snyder Oil Co.
  • R. Victor Dix – Publisher, The Daily Record and Courier Crescent
  • Edwin J. Feltes – Physician
  • Ralph E. Fisher – Ohio House of Representatives
  • Leonard R. Geiser – Partner, Bennet’s Appliances
  • Thomas D. Gindlesberger – Attorney & Former State Representative, Holmes County
  • Carl L. Goldring – Owner, Perilstein Co.
  • Marion F. Graven II – Attorney
  • Robert F. Gumz – President, First National Bank
  • Robert L. Hershey – Partner, Hershey Insurance Agency
  • Gordon R. Hostetler – Mayor of Orrville
  • John E. Johnson – Educator & Ohio House of Representatives
  • Harold C. Kropf – Attorney
  • John W. Kropf – Attorney
  • Frederick J. Lincoln – President, Crown Div. – Allen Electric
  • Donald E. Noble – CEO, Rubbermaid, Inc.
  • August R. Park – Plant Manager, Hagan Controls Co. Westinghouse
  • Robert W. Reynolds – Owner, Reynolds Drug Store
  • Bruce V. Schantz – President, Schantz Organ Co.
  • Walter W. Schmid – CEO, Smith Dairy Products
  • M. Eugene Sklorman – Owner, Gene Sklorman & Associates Agency
  • Robert W. Smith – Director of Purchasing, The Will-Burt Co.
  • Frederick R. Smucker – Educator & Business Owner
  • Paul H. Smucker – Chairman, The J.M. Smucker Co.
  • Kent B. Warner – Owner, Warner Insurance Agency
  • Leroy B. Webner – President, Orrville National Bank
  • Anthony J. Yonto – CEO, Quality Castings Co.
  • Raymond L. Zeigman – Vice President, Quality Castings Co.

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