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Chamber leader appointed to Clark State board

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mike McDorman has been appointed to the Clark State Community College Board of Trustees by Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

McDorman and Dayton Regional STEM Collaborative Executive Director Pamela Strickler of Beavercreek were appointed last week and will begin their four-year terms immediately.

“It is an opportunity to be a part of a team to make this great workforce asset in our community the best it can be,” McDorman said. “Clark State plays an important role in connecting our workforce development in the community with the business community.”

McDorman added he looks forward to work on the education side, not just the business side through his role with the chamber.

“The most important part of workforce development is the educational side,” he said. “We have to demonstrate that we have the ability to educate the workers who are going to work in our facilities.”

McDorman has been the head of the chamber of commerce since 2006.

He has also served as a board member for Center City Association, Nehemiah Foundation, the Clark County Convention Facilities Authority, Junior Achievement of the Mad River Region, and United Way of Clark, Champaign and Madison Counties.

McDorman hopes to use his chamber connections to help Clark State achieve its goals.

“We’re an 800-business member organization. Obviously, we’re trying to connect those businesses to Clark State, to help facilitate their training needs,” he said.

McDorman was named the Clark County Leadership Academy’s 2010 Leader of the Year and was the 2006 United Way campaign chairman.

“I look forward to working with our newly appointed board members,” said Jo Alice Blondin, president at Clark State Community College, in a news release. “As the CEO of the Springfield Chamber, Michael McDorman brings a wealth of expertise in responding to business needs and focusing on economic development. Pamela Strickler’s background in education, particularly STEM fields, will be a huge benefit to Clark State’s students.”

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