Rohleder running for BOE term

SALEM – Appointed school board member Howard Rohleder announced recently that he’s running for his first four-year term on the board this fall.

The former president and CEO of Salem Community Hospital who retired last year was appointed to the school board in January 2012 to serve the unexpired term left vacant by Jeff Cushman, who had been appointed to city council. The term expires Dec. 31.

Rohleder said he learned a lot in the past year and a half and he wants “an opportunity to continue to make an impact.”

He had already served on the school district’s audit committee as a community representative for eight years before joining the board and was already familiar with the district’s financial matters.

His committee assignments with the school board include audit & finance, employee relations and education & tech.

Before retiring from SCH, he had nearly 30 years experience in hospital administration, serving as the top administrator at the hospital from 1998 until his retirement. He had previously served as the hospital’s assistant administrator/COO beginning in 1992.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from Albion College in Albion, Mich. in 1980 and earned a master of health administration degree from The Ohio State University in 1982.

School board seats are nonpartisan, with the filing deadline for the Nov. 5 election falling on Aug. 7. There are two seats up for election this year in Salem, the one held by Rohleder and the one held by board president Andrew Null.