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OWU Alumni to Deliver Lecture on "Cities In The 21st Century"


March 13, 2006

Sara Ott '00, Reagan Parsons '92, and Susan Shermon '88 will deliver the fifth annual Benjamin Marsh Lecture on "Cities in the 21st Century" on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center's Benes Room B.The three OWU alumni will serve on a panel discussing the day-to-day tasks of city employees and the current and future concerns of cities. Panelists will also discuss how they came to hold their current positions in city management. Thomas Homan, city manager of Delaware, Ohio, will act as the panel's moderator. All three panelists were students of Craig Ramsay, department chairperson and professor of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan. Ramsay recalls the students as driven, and is not surprised by their success. He says that he has been trying to bring them back to Ohio Wesleyan to speak for several years.Shermon was appointed assistant city manager of Olathe, Kan., a city of 117,000 in the Kansas City metropolitan area, in 1994. Her current responsibilities include the day-to-day operations of police, fire, municipal court, fair housing and equal opportunity, parks and recreation and information technology services.Parsons has served as town manager of Southern Pines, N.C., (population 11,500) since 2004. Parsons' previous positions include the FT village administrator in Wintersville, Ohio between 1994 and 1998, and the FT city administrator in Pataskala, Ohio between 1998 and 2004. As assistant city manager of Dublin, Ohio (population 38,909) since 2003, Ott helps coordinate the day-to day operations of the office of the city manager. Previously, she worked as assistant to the city administrator of human resources in Dublin and management assistant for the city of Liberty, Mo.OWU alumnus Benjamin F. Marsh '50 endowed the series. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan, Marsh earned his J.D. from George Washington University. He had held numerous political posts at the local, state and national levels, and served as registration supervisor and adjudicator for the U.S. Department of State to the Organization and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and as an election supervisor in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Marsh is currently an attorney in Maumee, Ohio.

The panel discussion is free of charge and open to the public.