Skip to content

Dr. Lucille G. Ford

Lucille Garber Ford was born and lived most of her life in Ashland, Ohio. She holds an Associate Degree of Arts from Stephen’s College, a B.S. in Commerce and MBA from Northwestern, a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. She holds a CFP and lectures nationally. At Northwestern she met her husband Larry Ford. She served on the Board and as personnel director of the A.L. Garber Company. They have two children, Karen and JoAnn and two grandchildren.

Dr. Ford taught at Allegheny College and the University of Alabama before she and Larry returned to Ashland. Her 30-year career with Ashland University included professor and Chair of the Economics Department, Dean of Special Programs, Dean of the School of Business, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Provost. She chaired the 55 million dollar AU Campaign concluding in 2004. In 1995, she became the founding president (pro bona) of the Ashland County Community Foundation where she serves today.

Dr. Ford was a nominee for lieutenant governor–State of Ohio; a member of the Board of Directors: First National Bank, Ashland, National City Bank, Cleveland, Ohio Edison Corp., A. Schulman Co., Morgan Freeport Corp., Shelby Insurance Company, and Specialty Advertising, Inc. Also, she has served on the Board of Trustees at Stephens College, Ohio Council of Economic Education; Chair Synod Presbyterian Church USA, National Presbyterian Foundation, Presbyterian Elder and Stephen Ministries; Pres. Assoc. of Private Enterprise; and commissioner North Central Accrediting Association. She currently serves on the Boards of Ashland University, PECO II Corp., and North Central State College.

Her recognitions include two Honorary Doctor of Humane letters, Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, Stephens College and Ashland High School Distinguished Alumnus, Mortar Board, A∆K and O∆E.

Prepared 2005