ZANESVILLE – Susan Holdren is a philanthropist – who additionally has the guts of a trainer.
“I all the time wished to be a trainer,” she famous. “I taught college to my dolls, siblings, neighbors, or to anybody who would sit even considerably attentively in my mom’s laundry room.
“All of us have to do one thing we really feel has worth,” she added, thoughtfully. “Work, paid or unpaid, fills that void. As I mirror on the greater than 3,000 college students I taught, I’m hopeful I made a distinction.”
Holdren has additionally been on the board of a lot of native organizations – just like the Muskingum County Group Basis and The Wilds, amongst others. She’s additionally president and govt director of her household basis, the J.W. and M.H. Straker Charitable Basis.
“My dad and mom began the inspiration in 1994 and it’s actually their imaginative and prescient,” she modestly mentioned. “I do the day-to-day issues. It’s actually a legacy I’m making an attempt to hold on for each my dad and mom.”
In different phrases, she’s “hoping,” she summed, “to make a distinction within the lives of Muskingum County residents.”
Susan (Straker) Holdren grew up in Zanesville, graduated from ZHS, then earned a bachelor’s diploma in English at Denison College and grasp’s in communication from Ohio College. She began instructing at 21, and thru the years taught English, writing, management research, crucial pondering, speech and interpersonal communication – amongst others.
“My first instructional place was instructing language arts to eighth graders,” she recalled. “After circumstances led me to use to the then Muskingum Space Technical School, I felt as if I had discovered my area of interest, and that I used to be higher suited to working with adults.”
In 2015, Holdren retired as professor and dean of arts and sciences at Zane State and was awarded the title of college emerita. She’s additionally on the varsity’s board of trustees.
“Susan has all the time been an distinctive contributor acknowledged for excellence in each stage of her profession,” assessed Zane State President Dr. Chad Brown. “It’s straightforward to see why Susan was an incredible alternative to affix our board. Mix her enterprise acumen along with her years of residing the mission and serving our college students and you’ve got an incredible board member within the making.”
“I’ve nice fondness for Zane State,” Holdren responded. “I spent 27 years there as an worker, and I loved virtually each minute. After I retired, I nonetheless felt related to the faculty, and I’m happy I can nonetheless have some enter into the faculty choices and path.”
In the meantime, she’s additionally been lively with the J.W. and M.H. Straker Charitable Basis. It’s funded, she mentioned, buildings for organizations just like the Muskingum County Group Basis and the United Manner. It helped construct the science and know-how constructing at Zane State. And it constructed the Straker cabins at The Wilds amongst different issues.
“We do an enormous number of issues,” Holdren concluded. “Proper now, I’m speaking with companies within the county making an attempt to get a way of what’s wanted, after which we’ll attempt to handle these. The muse is totally funded now, so I feel we’ll be capable of do a number of good.”
Zane State School is positioned at 1555 Newark Highway. For extra info, name 740-588-5000 or go surfing www.zanestate.edu.
The J.W. and M.H. Straker Charitable Basis is positioned at 925 Army Highway in Zanesville. For extra info, name 740-297-7007 or go surfing www.strakerfoundation.org.
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