Gov. John Kasich has appointed James B. Greene of Canfield, a retired Compco Industries executive, to a nine-year term on the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees.
Greene replaces Millicent S. Counts, whose term on the board has expired. His term began June 15 and continues through April 30, 2021.
“There are challenges facing the university, but there are also great opportunities,” Greene commented. “I want to listen and learn first, then I’ll be able to contribute to the university.”
Greene retired two years ago as chief commercial officer for Compco Industries, based in Columbiana, where he was employed for 36 years, in charge of national sales, marketing and new product development. His career also included management positions in sales and marketing for Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp.
Active as a community and civic leader, he is vice chair of the Youngstown YMCA board of trustees and serves on the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic board, the board of trustees for United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley and its executive committee. Previously, Greene served as president of the YSU Penguin Club, was general chairman of the United Way’s annual campaign and served on the Trust Committee for Sister Jerome Corcoran Schools Inc.
A native of Wheeling, W.Va., he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va. and served in the United States Army Reserves. He and his wife, Lynn, are parents of three adult children and have eight grandchildren.
About Youngstown State University
Youngstown State University is a comprehensive emerging urban research university that offers over 14,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation.