Ann Womer Benjamin

Mayor at Aurora, OH, Office of the Mayor, Ann Womer Benjamin

Ann Womer Benjamin

Ann Womer Benjamin

Mayor at Aurora, OH, Office of the Mayor, Ann Womer Benjamin

Biography

Ann Womer Benjamin
Residence: Aurora, Ohio *

Trustee Ann Womer Benjamin serves as mayor of the city of Aurora in Portage County, a position she has held since 2013 following two years as an at-large member of the Aurora City Council. Previously, she served as executive director of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE), a collaboration of colleges, universities and businesses focused on increasing degree holders to support regional economic growth. In 2012, she was appointed by then-Gov. John Kasich to the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, a state agency within the Ohio Department of Higher Education that sponsors and administers CollegeAdvantage, Ohio’s 529 college savings program. She was also a member of the State Board of Education from 2007-2010, serving as vice president.

From 2003-2007, Womer Benjamin served in then-Gov. Bob Taft’s Cabinet as director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. She served as State Representative in the Ohio House of Representatives for Aurora and most of Portage County from 1995-2002, during which time she was a member of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee, a member of the Higher Education Subcommittee of finance, and chair of the Criminal Justice Committee. An attorney by profession, Womer Benjamin practiced law for 24 years, first with Black, McCuskey, Souers, and Arbaugh in Canton where she became the first woman partner, then with Arter & Hadden LLP in Cleveland, specializing in estate planning, probate and probate litigation.

Active in the community, she has been a member of various organizations, including the Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s Society of Benchers, the Aurora Community Theatre, the Aurora Historical Society, the Broadway School of Music and the Arts in Cleveland, P.E.O., the National First Ladies’ Library in Canton and The Church in Aurora.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University, magna cum laude, and was admitted into Phi Beta Kappa, double majoring in political science and German, and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She has taught at the Case School of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Hiram College.

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Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education

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Dean & Chief Administrative Officer, Salem & E.Liverpool at Kent State University

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Director, Athletics at Kent State University

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Former Faculty Member at Smith College

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Senior Advisor at Jones Day

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Treasurer & Director at Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education

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President at Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education

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Chairman Emeritus & Partner, Akron at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC

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Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Welty Building Company Ltd.

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President at Kent State University

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Executive Director, Kent State Online at Kent State University

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Ann Womer Benjamin
Mayor at Aurora, OH, Office of the Mayor, Ann Womer Benjamin
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Executive Director
Tenure Unconfirmed

Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education serves institutions of higher education including a cross section of public, private, two-year, and four-year schools. It helps in economic development through education, work-based learning, research, and commercialization. The company was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in Independence, OH.

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Member, Board of Trustees
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Kent State University (KSU) is a large, primarily residential, public research university in Kent, Ohio, United States.The university also includes seven regional campuses in Northeast Ohio and additional facilities in the region and internationally. Regional campuses are located in Ashtabula, Burton, East Liverpool, Jackson Township, New Philadelphia, Salem, and Warren, Ohio, with additional facilities in Cleveland, Independence, and Twinsburg, Ohio, New York City, and Florence, Italy. The university was established in 1910 as a teacher-training school.

Political Donations Received
$250
2002
$1,000
2002
$500
2002
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