Great Oaks Career Campuses Board member Ron Friend has been named Spahr/Steel Outstanding Career-Technical Board Member Ron Friendfor 2020 by the SW Region, Ohio School Boards Association (SWOSBA).

Friend has been a Fairfield Local Schools Board member since 1992 and has served on the Great Oaks Board since 1996.  A farmer and business owner, Ron’s particular expertise has been in finance, although he has served on and led numerous standing committees of the Board.  Ron has been committee leader of the Financial and Investments, Administrative and Human Resources, and Planning and Policy committees.

He served as the Great Oaks Board’s Vice Chair in 2013-2015 and as Chair in 2015 and 2016.  He currently serves as Parliamentarian.

“Ron Friend served side-by-side for much of the past two decades with Sue Steele, for whom this award is co-named,” read the nomination in part.  “Together, the two were the heart, soul and conscience of the 35-member Board.”

He was honored at the SWOSBA Spring Conference this week.