For Immediate Release
June 23, 2011

Executive Director announces key staff appointments

June 23, 2011 (COLUMBUS) Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) Director Richard Hickman has made several key staff appointments, including announcing David Chovan as Chief Financial Officer and Jon Walden as Manager of Contracts and Compliance.

Chovan, a resident of Canal Winchester, has 26 years in public service, including 10 years as Business Operations Administrator for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services and six years as Fiscal Manager for the City of Columbus. He is a graduate of Capital University and has a Masters from The Ohio State University. Hickman called Chovan “a fiscal expert with extensive experience in public policy – a perfect fit for this agency.”

Walden has 16 years in combined public and private legal experience, including a position as Associate Assistant Attorney General, and had previously served as Senior Contracts Manager for the Commission. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and The Ohio State University Law School. Director Hickman said that Walden’s position “will serve as the focal point of OSFC's continuing commitment to ensuring quality work on the buildings we are building and renovating across Ohio.”

Hickman also announced two internal promotions. Rob Slagle, currently a Senior Project Administrator with the agency, was named as Deputy Chief of Projects. Slagle, from Hilliard, will assist in the management of projects across Ohio and in the supervision of Commission’s field staff. His background includes 5 years of services with the OSFC in addition to seven years of private sector construction management experience. He is a graduate of Miami (Ohio) University and holds a MBA from Otterbein College.

The second internal promotion saw Keith VanDeusen named as a Project Administrator for the agency. VanDeusen, of Lewis Center, has been an Assistant Project Administrator with OSFC for three years and has 14 years of private sector construction management experience. VanDeusen holds an Associate Degree from Triangle Tech in Pennsylvania and is currently seeking a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Management from Franklin University.

Director Hickman noted that all of the positions were filled from pools that “included many, many qualified candidates.” He went on to add that, “the experience and professionalism Dave, Jon, Rob, and Keith bring to these positions will be of immense benefit not only to OSFC, but to our local school district partners.”

About OFCC

Established in 1997, the Commission is responsible for administration of the state’s school construction and renovation program. The Commission is currently working with, or has completed all necessary work in, nearly two-thirds of the state’s 613 school districts.

On September 10, 2012, the Commission was consolidated with the Office of the State Architect to form the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Ohio School Facilities Commission continues to exist as a separate commission within the new agency, focusing on funding Ohio’s comprehensive K-12 school construction program.


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