SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - From the music scene and the high-tech world to consulting and community service, Charles Ramsey has dedicated his time and talents to helping others achieve their dreams. Wittenberg University will recognize Ramsey's efforts at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Bayley Auditorium of the new Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, when it names him a Wittenberg Fellow.
Being named a Wittenberg Fellow is a prestigious honor, which recognizes accomplishment in a chosen field. The program elects two to five Fellows each year, and those named are asked to spend a few days on campus to interact with students, faculty and staff, offer career counseling and serve as a vocational role model. Fellows also receive a Wittenberg Medal for their participation in the program.
Ramsey, a 1964 graduate of Wittenberg, majored in political science while a student. Following graduation, he moved to New York City to begin a career in the entertainment industry, which included work with International Creative Management where he helped to develop the careers of such recording artists as the Doobie Brothers, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Chicago, the Beach Boys, Billy Joel and others.
Seeking to pursue a different business career, Ramsey left the entertainment world after 15 years to join a small search firm dedicated to placing employees in the developing high-tech business arena. Eventually, he started his own search firm, Ramsey/Beirne Associates Inc., with partner David Beirne in 1987. The company's client list includes some of the best-known high-tech firms, and the company became a vital factor in the development of that industry as it helped many of the major software and upcoming communications companies secure talented individuals, including their presidents and CEOs.
In 1998, Ramsey retired from Bierne/Ramsey Associates Inc. to pursue a consulting practice and to work on construction projects in Nicaragua as chair of the Nicaraguan Initiative Committee for the Presbyterian Churches of the Hudson River. He also completed a year as entrepreneur-in-residence at Pace University, and he taught Entrepreneurial Studies at the Lubin School of Business. An active investor, Ramsey sits on three boards of directors and on two advisory boards for dot.com startups.
"Chuck represents the individual that Wittenberg seeks to nurture," said William H. Steinbrink, a fellow classmate of Ramsey's and a member of the Wittenberg University Board of Directors.
"While Chuck has been successful by conventional standards, he has shared his experience, knowledge and wisdom with students, impoverished Nicaraguans and aspiring entrepreneurs. He has found time for others and helped them prosper. He is living the life that Wittenberg seeks for its alumni."
Ramsey is the second alumnus to be recognized as Wittenberg Fellow in 2003. On Sept. 17, actor James Rebhorn, a 1970 graduate of Wittenberg who has appeared in such films as "Meet the Parents," "Independence Day" and "Scent of a Woman," was honored as a Wittenberg Fellow.
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