The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of its newest board member, Jeffrey Eummer. His term began in January 2013.
Eummer, who has lived in Cleveland Heights for four years with his wife and son, replaces outgoing Board President Esther Moss, who retires at the end of 2012 after a total of 14 years of service, beginning in 1999.
Eummer is currently a lab coordinator in the Chemistry Department at Ursuline College and has taught chemistry at both Lakeland Community College in Ohio and Martin University in Indiana. He has worked as a chemist for a variety of companies, including Bristol-Myers Squib in Connecticut and has also served as president of the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBChE), an organization devoted to encouraging minorities to pursue careers in chemistry and engineering.
His background in science and passion for science education is part of what inspired him to apply for a position on Heights Libraries’s board. “I’d like to be the Library’s liaison to the community, especially as it relates to STEM education—science, technology, Engineering and math,” says Eummer, adding, “With bookstores, newspapers, and other sources of information going out of business, our Library is becoming an even more crucial source of education and information for the community, adults and children alike.”
In addition to his involvement with NOBChE, he has also coached his son’s Cleveland Heights Recreation league baseball team.
Eummer was selected for the Heights Libraries board by the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education at its December 6, 2012, meeting. Ohio law requires that the local school board be the tax authority for a community’s public library, so library trustees are therefore chosen by the school board.