Title: Retired Federal Official
Location: Worthington, Ohio, United States
Samuel W. Speck, Jr., PhD, Retired Federal Official, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public service.
A dedicated public official, Dr. Speck is renowned for his contributions to the study of African and American government and public policy. Throughout his career, he has published numerous articles to professional journals pertaining to his areas of expertise. A member of the Ohio Higher Educational Facility Commission, Dr. Speck has been a commissioner with the International Joint Commission since 2008. However, Dr. Speck is perhaps best known as the former president of Muskingum University, where he was responsible for a 40 percent increase in students attending the school.
Prior to pursuing an academic career, Dr. Speck received a Bachelor of Arts from Muskingum University in 1959. Upon completing postgraduate studies with the University of Zimbabwe, he attended Harvard University, where he completed a Master of Arts in 1963 and PhD in 1968. Early in his career, Dr. Speck served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for five years. He initially joined Muskingum University as a professor of political science in 1964 and remained in this position for nearly 20 years before joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency as an associate director in 1983. Three years later, Dr. Speck accepted a position as the assistant to the president at Muskingum University, later being recognized as the president in 1988. He went on to serve as a director in the Department of Natural Resources with the Governor’s Cabinet in Ohio prior to his retirement in 2007.
A member of the State Board of Nature Conservancy, Dr. Speck is a former board member of the Camco Financial Corporation, the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, the International Center for the Preservation of Wild Animals, and the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority. He also previously served as chair of the Ohio Water Resources Committee, the Water Management Working Group with the Council of Great Lakes Industries, and the Great Lakes Commission.
In recognition of his dedication to public service, Dr. Speck was selected to receive the Worldwide Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. He has received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Governors Association, an Outstanding Legislator Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and The American Legion, a Conservation Achievement Award from the State of Ohio, and a Conservation Leadership Award from The Nature Conservancy.
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