Recently, Stacy Greer, a fourth grade teacher at Woodsdale Elementary School, accepted the position of principal at both West Liberty and Bethlehem elementary schools in the Ohio County School system.
West Liberty University named longtime employee Ronald “Ron” Witt, Jr. to the position of executive director of alumni and community relations recently. Witt has served the University in various administrative roles over the past 18 years, most recently as executive director of University Planning.Ron Witt, alumni director 2015
In addition to working with alumni and community partners, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Liberty Oaks Alumni House Bed and Breakfast.
He began his employment at his alma mater in 1997 as director of the Alumni Association, a position he held for more than 14 years. During that time, he also served as a development officer and was responsible for planned gift management. In addition, he was an instructor of hospitality and tourism management for the Gary E. West College of Business and was co-owner of a local travel agency.
Prior to that, Witt was manager and director of the Wheeling Artisan Center under the direction of the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation.
He began his professional career as a sales executive for Oglebay Resort and Conference Center.
A native of Wheeling, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, with a specialization in travel and tourism management from West Liberty in 1992. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from West Virginia University.
Witt also is a real estate agent with Kennen and Kennen Realtors, where he began in 2012. He was awarded rookie of the year by the Wheeling Board of Realtors and became a top-producing agent in just two years.
Witt is married to West Liberty alumna Denise (DelGallo) Witt, and together they reside in Triadelphia with their daughter, Emily.
West Liberty University alumnus Clifton L. Spinner ’87 has been named director of Safety and Security Services at Franklin and Urbana University.
Prior to this, he spent 28 years with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and retired as a commander in June of 2015. A Steubenville, Ohio native, Clifton earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree at West Liberty in 1987 and is a 1983 graduate of Steubenville High School. In 1993, he received a Master’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice degree from the University of Cincinnati. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.1fbb433
As director of Safety & Security Services, Clifton is responsible for the leadership and management of all safety and physical security initiatives impacting the University. He directs day-to-day operations, emergency and crisis response, compliance with the federally mandated laws such as HEOA and CLERY. He directs investigations and physical security risk mitigation efforts at all Franklin University locations within the United States and internationally. Clifton manages campus security managers at Franklin University and the safety coordinator at Urbana University. He directs the activities of special duty police officers and safety officers at all Franklin locations.
Clifton also will oversee all domestic safety operations, as well as international travel safety and security management and maintain the professional relationships with all local, county, state and federal government partners for on campus safety and security and matters.
Clifton has received numerous awards and serves on several boards and committees. Clifton is an adjunct professor at Ohio University, teaching in the criminal justice/law enforcement program.
He volunteers much of his time with area youth. He is the chairman of the board for the Brightway Center in Smithfield, Ohio, and has served as a Big Brother with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In addition, he has served as an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America. He and his family currently reside in Pickerington, Ohio just outside of Columbus.
Allan Bilinsky’s has been named the Mt. Pleasant School District athletic director and assistant junior-senior high school principal in Mt. Pleasant, PA. His new role began Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
Bilinsky’s career began shortly after his 1999 graduation from West Liberty, where he majored in physical education and health. That year, he started teaching physical education and health at Warren County middle school in Front Royal, Va., part of a district where he also coached varsity football, varsity boys basketball and middle school track and field.
In 2003, he was hired as a middle school physical education and health teacher in the Penn Hills school district. The following year, he became an assistant coach of the Penn Hills varsity football team. He also coached middle school boys track and basketball at Penn Hills.
In 2010, he also took on coaching duties at his high school alma mater.
Approximately five years into his tenure at Penn Hills, Bilinsky earned K-12 Principal Certification from Cal (Pa.).
Bilinsky is married to wife Michelle. They are raising stepson Matthew, 16; and two sons, Tyler, 12, and Adam, 10.
Michael Jefferson has joined Civista Bank as Vice President, Commercial Lender. Jefferson is a graduate of West Liberty State College and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
He serves on the Mansfield Memorial Homes Board as well as the Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Renaissance Theatre and the Third Street Family Health Services.
“With over 35 years in the banking industry and a long history in the Richland County area, Mike is a great addition to the Civista team, “said Civista Bank President Dennis Shaffer.