A local, who was born and raised in Wapakoneta, has been honored to join a special committee — one of which only a select few from across the country are apart of.
Chad Metzger, financial adviser for Edward Jones, in Wapakoneta, is the newest board member of the Alumni Advisory Council at The Ohio State University in Columbus.
“I can’t wait,” Metzger said this week as he prepares for his first board meeting this month. “This is an exciting opportunity. An opportunity that I never thought I’d get. I want to make the most of it.”
Metzger will serve his first term, which is made up of three years, and has the chance to serve a second term, which is also made up of three years.
“The Alumni Advisory Council is a council that comes up with ideas and strategies that goes straight to the president,” Metzger said.
Council members serve in an advisory capacity to Ohio State University President Gordon Gee. Their purpose is also to promote the general welfare of Ohio State by serving as a sounding board for the university president on current topics of university import and interest and seeks to strengthen ties between the university and its alumni and friends.
Metzger notes that the Alumni Advisory Council serves an important role extending Ohio State’s reach and impact through the education and engagement of council members on important university issues.
Metzger will attend two council meetings a year, which will last two days, in Columbus. He recently received the agenda from Ohio State Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations and Alumni Association President-CEO Archie Griffin.
At his first meeting, Metzger will meet the other board members, who are from across the country.
“The whole board is from places like California to Texas, and we all come together to work on real projects for the university,” Metzger said.
Each council member will represent a college, regional campus, vice presidential office, the dean/vice provost of the Graduate School, The Ohio State University Foundation Board, Athletic Council and the WOSU Public Media, and Metzger will be the Ohio State University, Lima Campus representative.
With the position, Metzger will attend meetings and fulfill his duties on the Alumni Advisory Council in Columbus, and he will also have a board seat at Ohio State Lima.
Metzger met with the Dr. John Snyder, dean of The Ohio State University Lima Campus and had an interview with him, and after the interview he asked Metzger to join the council.
“I always wanted to be involved at OSU,” Metzger said. “With living in Wapak, this opportunity didn’t exist, so I wanted to get involved at OSU Lima.”
Metzger noted that the OSU Lima Campus is a huge asset to the local area.
Metzger was a speaker at the OSU Lima Campus convocation in August.
After his involvement at the branch campus, he is now chosen to represent the entire Ohio State University, which is one of the largest universities in the country.
“This is one of the neatest things that has ever happened to me,” Metzger said. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”
As Metzger looks at his agenda, his opening meeting in Columbus on Oct. 18 will begin with Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith, and the conference will end with Gee speaking on Oct. 20.
“This is a pretty big deal for anyone,” Metzger said. “The pride of OSU around here is amazing.”
Metzger noted that being a part of The Ohio State University is a high honor because the brand of OSU is known nationwide — as it is one of the biggest universities in the country.
“Words cannot describe being involved at this high of a level,” Metzger said. “Its an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Metzger, who is a 1993 graduate of Wapakoneta High School and a 1997 graduate of the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University in Columbus, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance, has been employed with Edward Jones since 1999. He and his wife, Jaime, have two children, Abby and Nathan.
Locally, Metzger is involved in the Wapakoneta Rotary Club, Sertoma Club and is on the board for the Wapakoneta Family YMCA.