Two businessmen seek seats on UA school board
Two Upper Arlington residents plan to run in November for two open seats on the Upper Arlington Board of Education.
Their names will appear on the ballot if the Franklin County Board of Election validates their nominating petitions.
Eric Colombo Sr. is a vice president with Commerce National Bank and is a 1989 graduate of Upper Arlington High School.
Matt McClellan is president of Miles-McClellan Construction Co. Inc. and is a 1985 graduate of UAHS.
The terms of board President Robert Arkin and member Margie Pizzuti both expire Dec. 31, but they announced last week they will not seek re-election in November. Both were first elected in 2001.
School board members Robin Comfort, Stacey Royer and Nancy Drees will be up for re-election in 2015.
Colombo said his deep understanding of the community and strong financial background are key reasons he has decided to seek a four-year term on the school board.
"My family has deep roots in Upper Arlington and I want to leverage those relationships and knowledge of the community, along with my financial background and experience in banking, to maintain the tradition of excellence in our school district," he said.
Colombo said he has more than 22 years of experience in banking and financial services. Before accepting a job with Commerce National Bank, he worked for Arlington Bank, Huntington National Bank and National City Bank.
He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance from the Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business in 1994 and was a recipient of the Fisher College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award.
Colombo and his wife, Megan, have six children ranging in age from 2 to 15.
"I am looking forward to having an opportunity to share my capabilities as a seasoned financial services professional, with a proven track record of working collaboratively with diverse groups of individuals and organizations, to address the complex challenges and opportunities the UA school district faces in educating this community's most precious resource -- our children," he said.
McClellan said his extensive experience as a business executive could be an asset to Upper Arlington school board.
"I believe that my more than 20 years of experience leading the development and operations of a $65-million construction company and involvement in a diverse range of UA and Columbus community activities provide the necessary background to assume this pivotal position on the board of education," he said.
McClellan has been involved in a number of business and civic organizations, including UA Boosters, UA Community Improvement Corp., UA Civic Association and the National Board of Associated Builders and Contractors, among others.
He holds a bachelor's degree in business and finance from Miami University and a master's degree in business from OSU's Fisher College of Business.
McClellan and his wife, Kristin, also a graduate of UAHS and Miami University, have four children, ages 14 to 22.
"I am excited about the opportunity to build on the well-respected legacy of current and previous UA school board members who have devoted their time, attention and talents to assure that every child in Upper Arlington receives the highest quality education -- preparing them to have the 21st-century tools and skills necessary to succeed and lead in a competitive, global society," he said.