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Col. Richard Fambro Speaks at the 2019 MVNU GPS Commencement

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Col. Richard S. “Rick” Fambro, Superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, was selected to address fellow graduates during the 2019 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Graduate and Professional Studies commencement ceremony, held on May 4 in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium.

Each year, GPS selects a candidate to give testimony of their academic experience, detailing their journey through the program, obstacles faced, blessings encountered and lessons learned. Fambro, a GPS graduate in the Master of Science in Management program, was selected by the administration for his excellence in and out of the classroom.

“Col. Fambro displayed a commitment to the academic process, offered collegial and meaningful interaction in each course, and embodies the MVNU motto ‘To seek to learn is to seek to serve,’” said Vice President and Dean for GPS, Eric Stetler.

Fambro was recently promoted to the Superintendent of the OSHP and credits his achievement to his journey at MVNU. He made departmental history with the advancement as the first African American to hold the position.

“I would never have guessed that I would become superintendent of the Patrol and lead the agency on a path to change,” Fambro told his fellow classmates. “In my change management course materials, there is a belief that leaders must be willing to embrace the notion that change is necessary, and be courageous enough to admit that it is good for the overall growth and health of an organization and its most valuable asset — people. Moreover, leaders must lead change from the front and be willing to effectively communicate their vision to those impacted by it. The change management course could not have been timelier!”

Through his efforts and successes while obtaining his degree, Fambro has impressed more than his instructors. The impact that MVNU made on him was so prominent that he has shared the importance and need for higher education with others on staff at the OSHP. His team has been very receptive as two others have started programs at MVNU, with more in the works.

“This is something that Rick definitely deserves,” said Dr. Mark Griffin, MVNU adjunct professor in the Graduate Business program. “He was more than a pleasure to work with. He inspired his fellow students in the online classroom, which is not always that easy to do, and you could feel his positive energy in class, too. Rick is one of those folks that you can tell will do great things in the future to make not only Mount Vernon proud, but God, his family, and his community, too! It was not just that he is an outstanding student, but just a truly good person in general.”  

In his closing, Fambro had this to say about the MVNU community: “MVNU is full of bright and servant-minded people who possess a sincere desire to make our world a better place to worship, live and work.”

To read more on the GPS commencement ceremony, click here.

For more information on MVNU’s Master of Science in Management program, click here.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.