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Executive-in-Residence Program Features Former Scotts CEO


January 30, 2002

[ Chuck Berger Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Advice, guidance and insight are three of the important benefits that Ohio Wesleyan students will receive as they get to know the university's new Woltemade Center Executive-in-Residence, Chuck Berger. As a "get acquainted" opportunity, he will present a lecture entitled "Fast Track to CEO: Managing Your Corporate Career" on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 3:10 p.m. in the Bayley Room of Beeghly Library.

Berger, whose 40-year business career includes 25 years spent running companies, is a good match for the program which is designed to link students with an accomplished business professional who will offer a "real world" career planning focus for students. He recently retired as Chairman and CEO of Scotts Company. He came to that company from H.J. Heinz Company, where he served as Chairman and CEO of Heinz India and Heinz Italy. During his 32-year career at Heinz, Berger also held the positions of Chairman and CEO of Weight Watchers International, a Heinz affiliate.

"The Woltemade Center has, for several years, tried to involve more alumni in campus lectures and other programs," says John Boos, OWU economics professor and director of the Center. The idea for the Executive-in-Residence program actually originated during meetings with OWU alumni, who liked the idea and the continuity of having the executive be accessible to students on numerous occasions during the academic year. Berger, though not an OWU alumnus, has a good idea about what students might find to be helpful as they prepare for their futures.

"These students see plenty of [business] experience on paper. I want to help them understand the real business world by illustrating -- in flesh and blood -- my own experiences," says Berger. "My work premise is that senior executives come up the ladder by knowing the ropes. I can demonstrate that to students."

As Boos explains, OWU's new Executive-in-Residence will also integrate himself into various business-related classes and senior seminars, assist with Center development activities, and be helpful in making connections to the Central Ohio business community.

"Ohio Wesleyan's Executive-in-Residence program is an excellent opportunity for students to work with a high-calibre business professional such as Chuck Berger," says Doug Dittrick '55, chairperson of OWU's Board of Trustees. "This is liberal arts learning at its very best."