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Undergraduate student recognized for leadership, service

Published: 2013-11-25

Fisher undergraduate student Jonathan Elder

Jonathan Elder (center) was recognized by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees.

Jonathan Elder, a senior at Fisher College of Business, received the prestigious Board of Trustees Student Recognition Award this month from The Ohio State University.

“Fisher is extremely proud of Jonathan’s accomplishments both inside and outside the classroom,” said Christine A. Poon, dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business. “He represents the very best of our college and we look forward to all he will accomplish in the practice of business and in his community.”

Elder is part of Fisher’s Honors Cohort Program. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Walter M. Rudin Pace Setters Award and will graduate “with honors” in Business Administration with a specialization in finance and minor in economics in spring 2014.

As an active member of the Ohio State community, Elder serves as chair of the Council on Student Affairs, a role that, among other responsibilities, oversees the allocation and administration of the $4.5 million Student Activity Fee. He has also served as Speaker of the Senate for Undergraduate Student Government and participated on the university’s Fiscal Committee. Elder recommended fiscal policy options to the university’s president and chief financial officer regarding a $5 billion budget, and participated in approving the leasing of the university parking assets.

In addition, Elder represents Fisher’s commitment to service beyond campus. He has offered his services as a financial literacy volunteer at Ohio State’s student wellness center and, as part of the Fisher CARES student organization, has volunteered in disadvantaged regions throughout Columbus. He is also an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

"I am truly humbled to be recognized by the Board of Trustees with this award, and I am incredibly thankful for the Fisher community that has supported me throughout my undergraduate career,” Elder said. “While I may be graduating this spring, the relationships that I have built over the past four years will forever tie me to Fisher College of Business.”