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Governor DeWine Appoints Adam Shank of Powell to OAC Board

Governor Mike DeWine has appointed Adam Shank of Powell to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board for a term expiring July 1, 2024.

Mr. Shank is the executive director of the Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, where he is responsible for leading Clubs in Ohio through a strategic shift to grow organizational capacity and extend the impact Clubs have to all Ohio’s youth. Previously, he served as the director of strategic planning and transformation for Dublin City Schools, overseeing the district’s operational excellence programming.

Mr. Shank is a licensed attorney and active contributor to the Association of Corporate Counsel, a national nonprofit organization aimed at advancing the corporate legal profession. As the past president of the Central Ohio Chapter, he worked closely with local and national contacts to grow and advance the offerings for members in the area.

A statewide nonprofit leader focused on service to youth, Mr. Shank is an ardent believer in the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs to ensure that all children, especially those that need us the most, can reach their full potential as responsible, caring, and productive citizens. He holds a BA in politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Juris Doctorate from the Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law at Case Western Reserve University, and a master’s in business operational excellence from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University.

“We are excited to welcome Adam to the Ohio Arts Council board,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “His expertise in nonprofit leadership is well-matched to the work undertaken by the OAC that seeks to provide transformational art experiences to Ohioans of all ages, from professional masters to youth just beginning their artistic journeys.”

All appointments remain subject to the advice and consent of the Ohio Senate.

The OAC Board is composed of 15 voting members appointed by the governor, and four non-voting members—two each from the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives. The Council Board is responsible for final approval of funding requests. The Board meets four times during a calendar year and all meetings are open to the public.

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at


Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist

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