ALUMNI “WALL OF HONOR” The West Liberty University Alumni Board of Directors instituted a project in 1990 to demonstrate to current students, visitors, and friends that the college has some very successful graduates. This project, known as the “Alumni Wall of Honor,” is a dramatic way to honor some of the college’s most distinguished alumni and display pride in the accomplishments of its graduates. The concept was suggested by then Associate Professor of Physics Robert W. Schramm, who is a 1958 graduate of the college and a 2002 Alumni Wall of Honor inductee. The Alumni Wall of Honor is housed in the south end of the Union known as the Alumni Lounge.
Marty AdamsInducted 2006
Marty Adams, WLSC class of 1975, serves as chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Sky Financial Group.
A native of Jefferson County, Ohio, Adams began his banking career in 1977 at The Citizens Banking Company in Salineville, Ohio, as the main office manager and he ultimately became the president and CEO of the bank and its parent company, Citizens Bancshares, in 1987.
In 1998, Citizens Bancshares, Inc., was renamed Sky Financial Group, Inc. Adams was named president, chief operating officer, and director of the Sky Financial Group board.
Under his leadership Sky has grown from $200 million in assets to its current size of almost $16 billion. Sky has over 290 financial centers and more than 4,300 employees throughout its five-state footprint.
In addition to his involvement with a variety of community service groups, Adam is very involved with his alma mater through multi-year membership in the President’s Circle and serves as its co-chair. He also is an active member of the board of directors of the West Liberty State College Foundation, and serves on the college’s Nucleus Fund Committee, a group of leadership volunteers who are working to enhance the tradition of giving West Liberty State College. He has shared his business experiences and keys to success with WLSC School of Business Administration students as a lecture series speaker.
Adams resides in Salineville, Ohio, with his wife, Patti ’76. They have two sons, Josh, a graduate of The Ohio State University and Matt, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.