* Amanda Mahon was named Director of Education at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center on Tuesday by the Board of Governors. Most recently, Mahon has served as Principal of Plymouth High School. Previously, she taught English and American Studies at Shelby Senior High School. A resident of Shelby, Mahon holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ashland University. She has been involved with the North Central Accreditation process, Ohio Improvement Process and served as the Firelands Conference League President for two years.
* The Ohio Ballot Board certified the proposed constitutional amendment known as “The Ohio Clean Energy Initiative” as two separate ballot questions. Section 3519.01 of the Ohio Revised Code has long required that a statewide ballot issue may only contain one proposal and the Ballot Board is required to make the single or multiple issue designation by section 3505.062 of the Ohio Revised Code. This long-standing principle is unrelated to the people’s passage of State Issue 2 from the November 3, 2015 General Election. The first ballot question would ask voters to amend the constitution to provide for the issuance of general obligation bonds for the purposes stated within the amendment. The second ballot question would ask the voters to modify the citizen initiative process, only for this particular constitutional amendment, should it be approved by voters, by allowing them to return the issue to the ballot for changes should the amendment be altered or struck down by a court.
* U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced that he has sent a bipartisan letter signed by 36 senators to Federica Mogherini, vice president of the European Commission. The bipartisan letter expresses concern over reports that the European Union (EU) intends to move forward with new guidelines this week to label certain products made by Israeli companies imported into the EU. The letter was led by U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
* Mrunal Shah, MD, has been officially appointed vice president of Medical Affairs (VPMA) at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, a position he has served in as interim since June.
* C. Damon Osborne, Ph.D., has been selected to serve as The University of Findlay’s associate vice president for online and alternative delivery programs, a position that has been created to manage the University’s expanding online offerings. Osborne, who is expected to begin work in January 2016, will be responsible for collaborating with faculty and staff to sustain and improve UF’s five graduate online programs, degree completion programs and alternative delivery courses and programs.