Dean Spangler, of the Bryan Spangler Candy Company, was selected as chairman of the Sauder Village Board of Directors at a Thursday, March 15 meeting of the board.
Spangler is the first person outside the Sauder family to head the village since family patriarch Erie Sauder created it in 1976.
He follows Erie’s son, Maynard, who stepped down from the chairmanship. Sauder will continue to serve on the board; he assumes the title “chairman emeritus,” reflecting his long service to the living history museum.
Sauder noted that he and his wife, Carolyn, executive director emeritus and board member, were pleased with Spangler’s enthusiasm to serve.
“Dean Spangler has a lot (Continued from first page) of energy and passion for Sauder Village, and has already made a difference in its operations and plans,” Maynard Sauder said in a press release.
“Our family is excited that another ‘family business’ leader that shares and understands Erie’s vision is willing to participate in leadership.”
“To be asked by the family to serve as Sauder Village chairman is the pinnacle of my career and my greatest honor,” Spangler said in a press release.
“The village was created by the Sauder family’s amazing philanthropy over the past 35 years.
“Today, it belongs to all of us in Northwestern Ohio, and is our collective responsibility to help sustain it for generations to come.”
Debbie Sauder David, Sauder Village executive director, said, “Dean brings a wealth of experience in business development, strategic planning, and leadership to our Sauder Village Board.
“Even more important, however, is Dean’s passion for our mission.”
Other board members are Dick Anderson, The Andersons, Inc., Maumee; Julie Brotje Higgins, chief fiscal officer, The Trust Company of Toledo; Marcia Sloan Latta, DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.; Ed Nofziger, Haas Door Company; Harold Plassman, law firm of Plassman, Rupp, Short & Hagans; Sauder Village; Myrl Sauder, chairman, Sauder Woodworking Company; Shirley Short, founding board member; and Rick Yocum, Yocum Consulting Associates, Inc., Toledo.
Myrl Sauder was named vice chairman of the board. Yocum was chosen to be treasurer, while Plassman was picked to be board secretary.
Since opening, Sauder Village has grown to a 235-acre complex with more than 450 employees, 400 adult volunteers, and 200 youth volunteers.
It is Ohio’s largest living history destination, with more than 75 historic structures and nearly 50,000 artifacts.
Each season, Sauder Village has nearly 100,000 visitors.