W. Craig Zimpher was appointed to the Board by Governor John R. Kasich, as Chair, effective January 21, 2011. He was reappointed for a second term effective October 7, 2016.
Prior to his appointment, he had been Vice President for Government Affairs at Nationwide Insurance. Chair Zimpher’s public sector work has included serving as Chairman of the Industrial Commission of Ohio, an appointment by Governor Richard F. Celeste to the Commission on Workers Compensation Administration, serving as Deputy Assistant to Governor James A. Rhodes, and as Legislative Assistant to the Minority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives. His private sector work has included serving as Assistant Vice President of Ohio Operations for Gates, McDonald and Company and Assistant Dean of Students at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Chair Zimpher is a native of Piqua. He received a B.A. and an M.A. in History from The Ohio State University. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He has also lectured as an Adjunct Instructor in History/Humanities at Ohio Dominican University.