The Case Western Reserve University board of trustees has appointed Charles D. Fowler to a four-year term on the board. Fowler is president and CEO of Chardon, Ohio-based Fairmount Minerals, Ltd.
A 1990 graduate of the Weatherhead School of Management's Executive Master of Business Administration degree program, Fowler became the university's 38th current trustee when the full board met on October 20.
"We are delighted to bring another alum and an important visionary corporate leader to our board," said Case Western Reserve University board chair Frank Linsalata.
"Chuck is keenly aware of how higher education and the regional economy can be powerful partners in the global marketplace and the essential role that Case Western Reserve has and will continue to play in that future" said Barbara R. Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve.
A native of Danville, Illinois, Fowler has held leadership positions in the mineral production industry for four decades. He is past president of both Wedron Silica Company and Martin Marietta Corporation's Industrial Sand Division. He has served on the boards of the Alzheimer's Association, Bellflower Center and Geauga Park Foundation, and currently serves on the boards of the Geauga YMCA and the Das Deutsch Center.
Fowler joined Fairmount Minerals, Ltd. in 1986. The third-largest producer of industrial sand in the United States, Fairmount Minerals has won numerous regional and national awards for its environmentally friendly policies, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center 2006 Corporate Stewardship Award and the Ford Motor Co. 2005 World Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Last year, Fairmount Minerals, which has supported the Weatherhead School of Management for more than 20 years, endowed the Fairmount Minerals Chair in Social Entrepreneurship at the school. Earlier this fall, the inaugural appointment of the chair was made to David Cooperrider, director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit and a founding expert of Appreciative Inquiry.
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