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Notre Dame College Announces Appointments of New Trustees

Notre Dame College announces the addition of three new members to its Board of Trustees; Jack Myslenski and Jim Drozdowski, approved at the Board’s October meeting, will join Maureen Raleigh Bihn, appointed to the Board in June, as the newest members.

Maureen Raleigh Bihn is a 1979 alumna of the College with a degree in business administration. She is manager of ore sales administration at Cleveland Cliffs Natural Resources, where she has risen through the ranks after starting as a staff accountant upon graduating from Notre Dame.

An advocate of all things Notre Dame, she has served on the College’s alumni association board for more than 15 years and has been a loyal supporter of countless fundraising efforts for the College’s student and athletic programs over the years.

Maureen champions Note Dame College in every way she can, regularly organizing her classmates to attend College events and support their alma matter.  She promotes every new endeavor of the college, from the decision to become a co-educational institution in 2001 to starting a football team in 2009.   Her enthusiasm for Notre Dame is contagious, and she channels that energy into encouraging local students to attend Notre Dame, and mentors those students throughout their studies.  For her dedication to Notre Dame College, Maureen was presented with the 2012 Alumna of the Year award by the College’s Alumni Association. 

Outside of the College, Maureen is chairman of the Restoration Committee at her church, St. Patrick’s on Bridge Avenue in Cleveland.  She also serves on the parish’s Finance Committee, is a lector, PSR instructor and is a major force in both the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in March and the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser in the fall. 

She and her husband, Rick, reside in Westlake, Ohio.

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James (Jim) Drozdowskijoined North Coast Container as General Counsel in August, 2013.  Most recently before that, he was a partner with the firm of Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP, where he practiced for 18 years and chaired the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Area. An Ohio State Bar Association Board Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Jim is no stranger to Notre Dame, where he has acted as external legal counsel for the College on important HR matters over the years.

Jim is a member of both the Ohio and New York state bar associations. A highly respected attorney in Cleveland, he is listed in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He has the highest rating for legal ability and professional ethics from Martindale-Hubbell. Throughout his career, Jim has successfully represented numerous Fortune 500, medium and small-sized companies and has provided leadership and strategy for employment litigation. He has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers; “Ohio Rising Stars,” Ohio Super Lawyers; and is Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rated.

Jim is a member of many associations, including the Better Business Bureau, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Society for Human Resource Management and Cleveland Employment Inns of Court. He is an honors graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. degree and Case Western University School of Law with a J.D. degree.

Jim is actively engaged in many civic, educational and philanthropic organizations. He and his wife Jennifer have two young children; the family resides in Chagrin Falls.

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Jack Myslenski  is a retired senior executive at Parker-Hannifin Corp., where he held many key leadership positions for 34 years. He has a B.S degree in industrial technology and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Jack has a thorough understanding of sales, marketing and operations locally, nationally and globally and is entrenched in a wide variety of diverse outside interests, leadership activities and boards. Among many of his tributes, Jack was recognized as Outstanding Industrial Technologist in 1997 and honored with the Living and Giving Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in 2008.

Since retiring from Parker-Hannifin in 2008, Jack has been heavily involved in working with and supporting many non-profit organizations.  He is head of the Corporate Work Study Board at St Martin de Porres High School, and is on the school board and numerous committees there. He is a member of the board at the Great Lakes Science Center, on numerous committees including finance, which he chairs, and is on the board of visitors to the Russ College of Engineering at Ohio University where he also works with the Engineering, Technology and Management Department.

A native Clevelander, Jack grew up in South Euclid where his first eight years of education were at St. Margaret Mary School. Taught there by Sisters of Notre Dame, Jack sees serving on the Board of the College they founded and which bears the name of their congregation as a means of giving back.

Jack is a strong advocate of education. He has always admired Notre Dame College and is especially impressed with the work the school has done in the College’s Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences.

Jack and his wife Marsha reside in Highland Heights and have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.

 

ABOUT NOTRE DAME COLLEGE

For 91 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 24 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. Inquiries from the media may be directed to Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or bjohnston@ndc.edu.