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Nancy K. Lahmers


Nancy Lahmers provides leadership for all of our graduate business programs to ensure that Fisher recruits top talent while providing an outstanding student experience in both leadership development and student advising. As an attorney and management professional, she has 25 years of legal and business leadership in education, manufacturing, agriculture and service industries. In 2012, she was awarded the OSU John T. Mount and Ruth Weimer Mount Award for leadership, scholarship, service and dedication to students as well as the Fisher Pacesetter Faculty Teaching Award. She is on the board of the Center for Operational Excellence (COE) at Fisher as well as The Graham Family of Schools Board.

Areas of Expertise

  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Law


  • JD, University of Akron School of Law
  • BSBA, Bowling Green State University


  • Fisher Pacesetter Faculty Teaching Award 2012
  • John T. Mount and Ruth Weimer Mount Award 2012
  • Fisher College of Business Undergraduate Service Award 2010
  • Bostic-Georges Pacesetters Faculty Service Award 2008
  • Fisher College of Business Undergraduate Teaching Award 2006
  • The Ohio State University Annual Career Services Award 2006
  • Mortar Board and Sphinx Faculty and Staff Recognition Award 2005 to 2012
  • Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, Cambridge High School 2005
  • Honorary Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society 2005
  • Fisher College of Business Undergraduate Program Service Award 2004
  • Webster University’s Academic Academy of Excellence Award 1999
  • Accomplished Graduate, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 1996
  • Honors and Awards Banquet Guest Speaker, Bowling Green State University 1996
  • Rubbermaid Inc.’s President’s Award for Outstanding Performance, 1985
The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio 2001 to present

In my current role, I direct our Graduate Programs Office. However from 2003 through 2012, I taught the Business Law Class for MBA and Honors Undergraduate Students, Employment Law for Human Resource Majors and coordinated the Honors Cohort Program.

Webster University Springfield, Missouri 1999 to 2001

Adjunct Faculty in the evening MBA program. Taught Organizational Development, Employment Law, Human Resource Management and Legal Ethics of Human Resource Development.

University of Akron, Wayne College Orrville, Ohio 1980 to 1986

Instructor in evening program, College of Business teaching Labor Relations and HR Management.

  • The Human Resource Management Challenges in Difficult Economic Times, The Human Resource Association of Central Ohio, April 2009
  • Managing in Difficult Economic Times: Avoiding Fraud and Embezzlement in the Workplace, The National Association of Women Business Owners, February 2009
  • Service-Learning: Teaching Junior Achievement in Nassau, The Bahamas, With D. Peter Sanderson, PhD, and Ben Roberts, Honors Cohort Student, February 2009
  • The Culture of Iceland, Otterbein College International Conference, February 2008
  • Preventive Law for In House Counsel, Case Western Reserve Law School, Nov. 2007
  • Can Innovation and Lean Co-Exist in Our Organizations? With Peter Ward PhD and Peg Pennington, Ohio Polymer Summit, May 2006
  • Successful Networking, Academic Library Association of Ohio, May 2006
  • Experiential Learning for Honors Cohort Students Through Community Outreach, National Undergraduate Business Symposium, Case Western Reserve University April 2006
  • How to Build Professional Relationships, The Ohio State University Association of Faculty and Professional Women, February 2006
  • Lean Applications in Human Resource Management, Greif Inc. Administrative Excellence Skill Team, December 2005 and Global Human Resource Conference, October 2005
  • Preventative Law for In-House Counsel, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, April 2005
  • The Impact of Outreach Scholarship: Engaging Communities and Changing Lives, Outreach Scholarship Conference, Penn State University, with Peter T. Ward, PhD, October 2004
  • Non Traditional Legal Careers, Capital University School of Law, April 2004
  • Progress of Women in Business, Association of Women in Communications
  • Finding Your First Job After Graduation, Missouri State University
  • Life Long Learning Opportunities and Challenges, The Women’s Forum, Springfield, Missouri
  • Human Resource Management in Not for Profit Organizations, Keynote Speaker, Missouri Sheltered Workshop Managers Annual Meeting
  • Re-engineering your Workplace for Improved Productivity, Society for Women Accountants
  • What is the Best Small Business Structure for You? Missouri Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)