Huron, Ohio – At Bowling Green State University Firelands College’s

Melvyn Stauffer

annual Recognition Program, local attorney Melvyn Stauffer was awarded the 2011 Community Service Award.

 The Community Service award is given to an individual or organization from the community who has, in an extraordinary manner, participated in the growth, development or promotion of BGSU Firelands and the Firelands community.

 “For nearly 50 years Mr. Stuaffer has provided assistance and support to BGSU Firelands, and many of our successes can be attributed to his efforts,” said BGSU Firelands Dean William Balzer.  “I can think of no one who is more deserving of this award.”

 Stauffer is credited with helping to establish a college presence in Erie County.  In 1965, He was instrumental in organizing and leading an enthusiastic group of community members in the formation of the Committee on Educational Development.  This committee would ultimately be responsible for the creation of a branch campus of Bowling Green State University in Huron.

 With Stauffer’s leadership, and his role as chairman for fund raising in Sandusky, the campaign exceeded its goal by 100 percent, ensuring support from the Ohio Board of Regents to establish what is now BGSU Firelands.

 Stauffer also served as the first chairman of the College’s Advisory Board.

 Since that time, he has continued to provide guidance and counsel to the College.  Stauffer was instrumental in establishing a public – private business plan that brought the Caryl Crane Children’s Theatre to the campus and with his advocacy and support BGSU Firelands began offering bachelor degree programs 10 years ago.

 Stauffer is also active in the community.  He is one of the founders of the Sandusky/Erie County Community Foundation and served as its first chairman. He is also a trustee and president of the Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation and is acting legal counsel and a trustee of the Sam S. and Rose Stein Foundation and the Frost-Parker Foundation.

 He is the past president of the Sandusky YMCA, Erie County Bar Association, Sandusky Jaycees, Sandusky Junior Chamber of Commerce, Sandusky Lions Club, and Grace Episcopal Church Vestry.

 For additional information or photos, contact Dean Schnurr, director of marketing and communication, at 419.372.0613 or via e-mail at

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