COLUMBUS, OH, September 23, 2011 – Virginia M. Lindseth, Ph.D, of Hunting Valley, was appointed to the Ohio Board of Regents by Gov. John Kasich this month. Her term begins immediately and ends on September 20, 2016. The nine-member board advises the chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.
Lindseth is an educational psychologist with a professional career that spans every level of teaching from pre-school to graduate school. She has been a classroom teacher, counselor, school administrator, educational consultant, and university professor.
“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Lindseth to the board and look forward to working with her,” Chancellor Jim Petro said. “Her experience working in K-12 and higher education will make her a valuable asset to the Board of Regents.”
Dr. Lindseth received her doctorate from Case Western Reserve University where she also earned an executive Master’s of Business Administration. She has a Master’s of Arts degree from John Carroll University in Guidance and Counseling and an undergraduate degree in History from Cornell University.
While attending graduate school she worked full time as an educator. She began her career at Hathaway Brown School as a teacher of history, dean of students and ultimately head of the Upper School. She then moved to University School where she taught English and history at the secondary level, becoming director of studies, and finally assistant director of the Lower School with responsibilities for guidance, curriculum and staff development in kindergarten through eighth grade.
While at University School, she led a team of teachers and John Carroll professors in the development of a jointly sponsored one-year Master of Education graduate program. This innovative teacher education program involved students in a one year apprenticeship in the classroom at University School while they completed the necessary course work at both the school and at John Carroll which granted the degree. She was an Adjunct Professor at John Carroll, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses.
Lindseth founded The Institute for Educational Renewal (IER) at John Carroll University. IER consultants worked in inner city and suburban elementary schools with teachers designing curriculum and reviewing and enhancing teaching practices in literacy.
Throughout her professional career, Lindseth has been active in both the educational and the cultural communities in Cleveland. She is a life member of The University School board of trustees and an active member of The Musical Arts Association board of trustees, which operates The Cleveland Orchestra. She is on the President’s Visiting Committee of Case Western Reserve University and serves her alma mater, Cornell, as an emeritus member of the advisory committee of the College of Arts and Sciences.
In past years, she served on a number of community boards including Ursuline College, The Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Community Building Initiative and the Neighborhood Centers Association.
Lindseth has been married to Jon A. Lindseth for 56 years. They have four children and twelve grandchildren. She was born and raised in Ithaca, N.Y. and has lived in Cleveland for 45 years.
The Ohio Board of Regents, a nine-member advisory board, with two ex-officio representatives from the state legislature, was created in 1963 by the Ohio General Assembly.
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