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July 9, 2015 at 8:33 pm

English Alum Named to Ohio University Board of Trustees

College of Arts & Sciences alum Peggy J. Viehweger was recently appointed to a nine-year term to the Ohio University Board of Trustees by Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

In October, Viehweger received a College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award.

Peggy Viehweger, Ohio University trustee

Peggy Viehweger, Ohio University trustee

The Loveland, Ohio, resident’s term began June 29 and ends May 13, 2024. Viehweger earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio University in 1971. She had served as a national trustee on the University’s Board of Trustees since June 2013.

A business adviser and 1971 graduate of Ohio University, Viehweger is an experienced corporate executive who divides her time between Chicago and Paris. She has worked in both the United States and Europe over the course of her career.

Viehweger is the former president and CEO of Supresta in New York, a private equity-owned global chemicals enterprise that was once part of Akzo Nobel. She was a general manager and business unit manager at Akzo Nobel Chemicals in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, for 15 years before that. At Akzo Nobel, Viehweger held positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in being the first American and the first woman promoted to the position of business unit manager. As functional chemicals business unit manager, she was responsible to the company’s board for a $1 billion business with 22 manufacturing locations worldwide. She began her career at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati in purchasing and trading; her last position there was as associate director of the corporation’s (then) bar soap and household cleaning products division.

A native of Athens, Viehweger received a bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio University. Both her mother and one daughter also graduated from OHIO, and she is the granddaughter of Don C. Peden, a former OHIO coach and athletic director for whom the University’s football stadium is named. She is a member of Ohio University’s Women in Philanthropy and is currently the executive producer on a documentary film being produced by that organization. It consists of interviews with 16 OHIO women who attended the University between 1944 and 2012 and chronicles their experiences and the effect Ohio University has had on their lives.

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