Who would you have chosen?Thanks for asking! I have a few.
First, Ken Cookson. In a walk, Ken is a law partner with Dinsmore & Shohl, an original member of the Downtown Commission, former president of the Discovery District Development Corp. -- I succeeded him -- and instrumental in the Broad Street Median Initiative.
He's president of the Friends of WOSU board and serves with me on the board of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. The man is awesome -- making a real difference.
Then there is Denny Griffith, president of Columbus College of Art and Design, who is taking an internationally renown arts school to new heights. Outstanding artist in his own right. Active and engaged in making us a better community.
Don't forget Larry Black. He is the director of the Columbus Metropolitan Library System. The Hapler Index, which ranks public libraries nationally, listed ours the best in the United States! What a plug for our learning community. Take that, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago.
And his leadership has been quietly effective in getting voter affirmation of what a great system we have. Our library buildings are technologically advanced, great spaces for people and receive American Institute of Architects design awards. The branch libraries make him a player in numerous areas around town.