The dean of The University of Toledo’s largest college has been selected for the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame.Dr. Nina McClelland, dean of the UT College of Arts and Sciences and interim dean of the School of Solar and Advanced Renewable Energy, is being recognized for her exceptional accomplishments in science, business and education.
“I’m quite pleased. This is special,” McClelland said. “I think it is important for The University of Toledo, and that’s what is important to me. I can share this with the University, and that’s a huge part of my pride in receiving this.”
McClelland is one of 11 women in the 2010 class of inductees to the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Dr. Elizabeth Ruppert, medical director of the Anne Grady Corp. Prescribed Pediatric Center, also was selected to join the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. She is professor emerita at The University of Toledo Medical Center. Ruppert, who began her career as a pediatrician, has spent much of her career advocating and promoting quality of life issues for medically fragile children.
The Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1978, and nearly 400 women have been honored with the distinction. Inductees to the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame need to have been born in Ohio or lived in the state at least five years. A selection committee evaluates nominations on the scope and impact of the nominee’s achievements and the extent to which her efforts inspire other women.
Dr. Alice Skeens, UT associate professor of psychology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, nominated McClelland for her interesting and diverse career in which she has broken the glass ceiling as a woman of science and business.
“She has done some wonderful things in her career, and I was happy to nominate her because she is very deserving,” Skeens said.
McClelland said she was especially pleased to learn that a colleague nominated her for the award.
McClelland received bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry and a master’s degree in chemistry from UT, as well as an honorary doctorate. She earned her PhD in environmental chemistry from the University of Michigan.
She has served as chief chemist and head of industrial wastes for the city of Toledo, chief executive officer for NSF International, and chair of the board of the American Chemical Society.
McClelland also is president of her own consulting company. She has more than 100 books, articles and scholarly presentations to her credit.