Steve Robinson, Ph.D., president, Owens Community College, nominated Reiter for his
leadership, passion and efforts to further technical education
and help community college students throughout his 55 years of
involvement within the communities of northwest Ohio and at
Owens Community College.
“Ed Reiter has been a good friend to community colleges and
higher education for many decades while serving in several
leadership roles at Owens Community College and numerous other
community boards,” said Robinson. “His tireless advocacy on
behalf of education and specifically community college students
has left an impact that will be felt for many years to come.”
Reiter, a resident of Bowling Green, graduated from Bowling
Green State University and then served in the U.S. Army from
1962-64. After teaching for several years in area high schools,
including at Penta County Vocational Schools. He joined
Mid-American National Bank and Trust Company and worked his way
up through the ranks, eventually becoming chief executive
officer of Mid-American and then senior chairman of Sky
Financial (formerly Mid-American) from 1998-2005.
From 1976-1985, he served on the Owens Community College Board
of Trustees including a term as chairman from 1979-1981. He
also served on the Owens Community College Foundation Board of
Directors from 2002-2004 and remains an Emeritus Director. The
Edward and Linda Reiter Endowed Scholarship Fund was established
in 1984 and has to date awarded 50 scholarships.
Reiter has long been active in civic affairs, including service
on the BGSU Alumni and Foundation boards, the COSI Board of
Directors, the Toledo Community Foundation Board, the Toledo
Symphony Board and the United Way. In addition to his service at
Owens, he is a former Trustee of Lourdes University (formerly
Lourdes College) and Davis College. He served on the Boards of
the Toledo-area Chamber of Commerce, Cherry Street Mission and
the Boys and Girls Club and is a founding member of the
University of Toledo Center for Family Business.
The Terry M. Thomas Friend of Community Colleges Award is
presented annually to someone who has had a major, positive
impact on community colleges in Ohio, the award is named in
honor of the OACC’s founding Executive Director.