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Business Administration honors five with Pinnacle Award

Feb 7, 2012

The Ohio Northern University James F. Dicke College of Business Administration has honored five individuals who have made the highest commitment to the business college with the inaugural Pinnacle Award at a banquet held Feb. 3.

James F. Dicke Sr., chairman emeritus of Crown Equipment Corporation, and his son, James F. Dicke II, current chairman and CEO of Crown Equipment, along with Robert C. Smith, president and CEO of Spero-Smith Investment Advisers Inc., and former ONU faculty members Roger Young and Roger Goldberg were the recipients of the prestigious Pinnacle Award.

“We wanted an avenue to publicly say ‘thank you’ to the people who have made significant and sustained gifts to the college,” said James Fenton, dean of The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration. “Through their generosity, they’ve had a tremendous and transformative impact on our students and the business college generally.”

The College of Business Administration erected a fabricated sculpture on the ground floor of Dicke Hall for Pinnacle Award recipients. The contemporary display, designed and crafted by Audra Keiber of American Trim in Lima, Ohio, incorporates architectural features and colors found throughout the Dicke building. Constructed of mixed materials, including copper, aluminum and stainless steel, the display stands as a public and enduring testament to the individuals who have reached a pinnacle in their generosity and service to the college.

James F. Dicke, James F. Dicke IIJames F. Dicke Sr., chairman emeritus of Crown Equipment Corporation, was born in January 1922 and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He took classes at Ohio Northern University in the early 1940s before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

After the war, Dicke returned to Ohio and started Crown Controls Company Inc. in 1945 with his father and other family members. When his father died in 1952, Dicke was left with full responsibility of the company, which soon moved to the manufacture of small electric forklifts. Today, Crown Equipment Corporation has 8,500 employees globally and is the world’s largest manufacturer/distributor of this type of product.

 Ohio Northern honored Dicke with an honorary doctorate in 2000. The Dicke House, located on campus, opened in September 2000 and serves as the official home of the University’s president.

In August 2001, Dicke and his wife, Eilleen, announced a major gift to ONU, earmarked toward the construction of a new facility for the business college. Construction began in fall 2001, and James F. Dicke Hall was formally dedicated on Sept. 13, 2004.

After an additional major gift, ONU’s business college was officially renamed The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration on April 2, 2007, recognizing the Dicke family’s past and continuing support of Ohio Northern.

James F. Dicke II is chairman and CEO of Crown Equipment Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of electric lift trucks.

Dicke graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he is a current trustee and past chairman of the Board of Trustees. He also has received distinguished alumnus and distinguished service awards from the university.

Dicke also graduated from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind., where he received distinguished service, man of the year, outstanding leadership and honorary cum laude awards and served as an officer on its board of trustees for more than 20 years. He also has received honorary degrees from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, and Ohio Northern University.

Currently, Dicke serves on the board of directors of Westervelt Corporation in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and is active in political and philanthropic efforts. He served as international president of the Young Presidents’ Organization (1992-93) and as a member of the commerce department of President George W. Bush’s President’s Export Council.

Dicke has served as chairman of the Smithsonian American Art Museum Board of Commissioners, is a past member of the Smithsonian National Board, and past director of the Kennedy Center. He is chairman emeritus of the Dayton Art Institute.

Roger GoldbertA native of New York City, Roger Goldberg earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Cornell University in 1967. He earned a master’s degree in 1969 from Indiana University before beginning his academic career at ONU as an instructor in economics in September 1969.

While teaching at Northern, Goldberg continued working on his doctoral dissertation and earned his Ph.D. from Indiana in 1981. He was named professor of economics at ONU in 1987.

As an instructor and professor, Goldberg was an active participant in the faculty governance system and served two terms as chair of the University Council. He was awarded the Patton Chair in Economics for several years and was an active member of the Ohio Association of Economics and Political Scientists, serving on the group’s Executive Board and as president.

In 1992, Goldberg accepted a new challenge and became ONU’s assistant vice president of academic affairs. During his tenure in the academic affairs office, he provided direction and oversight to the annual Honors Day program, summer school, editing of the University catalog, development of the Honors Program, faculty governance system, and international student regulations.

Goldberg retired in 2010, and the University awarded him status as associate vice president of academic affairs, emeritus, and professor of economics, emeritus, in 2011.

Robert SmithRobert Smith is deeply committed to civic leadership. He is chairman of the Board of Trustees of ideastream, WVIZ/WCPN, the Public Broadcasting System television station and National Public Radio station serving the greater Cleveland area.

Smith currently serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority and is on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. From 2004-07, Smith served on the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and chaired its Investment Committee.

Smith also is a member of the Board of Directors of Motorists Insurance Group, the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Board of Directors of Team NEO, and the Board of Directors of Lake Ridge Academy, where he is vice chair. Smith is an independent member of the Board of Directors of St. John Medical Center, former chairman of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, and former chair of the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) in Cleveland.

He is the immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees at Ohio Northern.

In 2009, Smith became the first recipient of The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration Outstanding Service Award.

Roger YoungRoger Young received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami University of Ohio in 1959 and his MBA in accounting from Xavier University in 1964. After five years as an income tax auditor and budget officer for the city of Middleton, Ohio, he became a professor of accounting at Ohio Northern in 1964, a position he would hold until his retirement in 1998.

During his initial 34 years as a faculty member at ONU, Young served a variety of leadership roles and was recognized several times by students and colleagues. In 1972, he was named an Outstanding Educator in America, and in 1975, Young became the first winner of ONU’s “Professor of the Year” contest. In 1994, he was named the George Willard Patton Chair, and in 1995, he received an Excellence in Teaching honor.

Young was vice president for financial affairs from 1989-93, interim dean of the College of Business Administration from 1984-86, and chair of the Department of Business Administration and Economics from 1974-79.

Shortly after retiring in 1998, Young went back to work as an accounting professor at Bluffton University. After eight years at Bluffton, he returned to ONU as visiting professor of accounting emeritus in 2008. He continued in this role until 2011, when Young was named ONU’s interim vice president for financial affairs.

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