Appointments Announced for Ohio BWC Board Of Directors


Columbus, OH (CompNewsNetwork) - Governor Ted Strickland  announced his selections to fill three seats on the Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors. The 11-member board advises BWC's administrator on all critical matters. As fiduciaries of Ohio's workers' compensation system, board members also provide independent verification of BWC's financial and operational performance.

The governor appointed the individuals listed below to three-year terms.

James Hummel, of Dover, is the vice president of human resources for Lauren International, a manufacturer that employs more than 500 people in Ohio. Since 1993, Hummel has worked to protect the company's assets and employees. This includes safety and workers' compensation. Under Hummel's supervision, Lauren International created a wellness program that successfully reduced employees' health and workers' compensation-related expenses. Hummel received a bachelor's degree from Malone College in 1998.

Larry Price, of Columbus, was a state representative for the 26th House District from 2003-2004. Price is the president and chief consultant for L. Price and Associates Consulting in Columbus. He previously served as an assistant to Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman. He also worked in the Ohio Senate for nearly 20 years as a message clerk and assistant sergeant at arms. Price received a bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University.

Thomas Pitts, of Akron, is an adjunct professor at the University of Akron law school, where he teaches an annual seminar in workers' compensation law. For more than 20 years, Pitts has worked in private law practice representing workers with Ohio workers' compensation and Social Security disability claims. Pitts is an active member of the Ohio Association for Justice and president of the Summit County Association for Justice. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Akron in 1976 and his law degree in 1979.

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