Ashland University Alumnus Inducted into OFIC Hall of Excellence

Ashland University Alumnus Inducted into OFIC Hall of Excellence
Dwight Schar (left) receives his OFIC Hall of Excellence award from AU President Dr. Fred Finks at the OFIC “Evening of Excellence” event.

4/17/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dwight Schar, a 1964 Ashland University graduate and chairman of NVR Inc., was inducted into The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ (OFIC) Hall of Excellence at an “Evening of Excellence” held April 16 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

Ashland University President Dr. Fred Finks said Schar is a perfect choice to receive the prestigious OFIC honor.

“This induction of Dwight Schar -- an Ashland alumnus, friend, entrepreneur and philanthropist – is well deserved,” Finks said. “Martha and Dwight are incredible human beings with a great passion and desire to make a difference. My life and the lives of AU students and alumni and future alumni are immensely impacted by the man we honor tonight and the strong woman who stands behind him, Martha Schar.”

Schar serves as chairman of NVR Inc., one of the largest homebuilding companies in the country. NVR homebuilding operations serve eighteen metropolitan areas in eleven states, including Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“I am thankful for the experience that I had at Ashland and I am happy to be here tonight to accept this award,” Schar said. “We all appreciate the value of our educations and the opportunities that it has afforded us.

“I am thankful for the experiences I had at Ashland and happy to be recognized. I appreciate Ashland’s commitment in putting the Accent on the Individual, they have done so well in that area. This allowed me and continues to allow other students to meet their potential,” he said.

Schar, who was raised in Wayne County, Ohio, has received a number of honors at Ashland University, including the 1987 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. He also served as a member of the Ashland University Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1997.

He has been named to the list of 100 most powerful private citizens in Washington, D.C., and was named to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for The Kennedy Center. He also is co-owner of the Washington Redskins NFL team.

Joining Schar as the 2014 inductees into the Hall of Excellence are John Jacob Bishop, chairman of the board of The Motorists Insurance Group (Ohio Northern University); Jean Carper, author and health and nutritionist expert (Ohio Wesleyan University); and James A. Thomas, chairman and CEO of Thomas Properties (Baldwin-Wallace University).

The Hall of Excellence was established in 1987 to honor alumni of member institutions of OFIC whose lifetime achievements exemplify the traditions, ideals, strengths and values of private higher education. Hall of Excellence members strongly reflect the historic ability of independent colleges, through academic excellence and personalized educational concepts, to prepare graduates for global opportunities and challenges in business and industry and the arts and sciences and for service to society, community and nation. The accomplishments and contributions of these alumni demonstrate the measurable returns from continuing investments in the education of today's students and future leaders, many of whom, in time, will take their honored and deserved places in the OFIC Hall of Excellence.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###