Horstman, Kokovich to lead MWCD Board of Directors in 2010

December 22, 2009

Harrison County resident Harry Horstman will lead the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) Board of Directors in 2010.


Board members selected Horstman as their president for next year and Muskingum University administrator Steve Kokovich as vice president during a recent meeting. Horstman was the Board’s vice president in 2009 and succeeds Board member Richard J. Pryce of Stark County, the 2009 Board president, who will continue service as a member of the Board. Officers of the MWCD Board of Directors serve one-year terms of leadership.

Horstman, a member of the Board of Directors since 2002, previously served as the Board president in 2005 and vice president in 2004. A retired educator who resides at Scio, he has long had a connection to the MWCD facilities.


He served as the camp manager for the United Methodist Church’s Camp Aldersgate on property leased from the MWCD at Leesville Lake from 1965-69; is an inaugural member of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy Foundation, Inc., Board of Trustees; and was a member and past chairman of the MWCD’s Development Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in education and Kent State University with vocational director’s certification.


Kokovich has been a member of the MWCD Board of Directors since 2003 and previously served as Board president in 2006 and vice president in 2005. A resident of New Concord in Muskingum County, Kokovich serves as a special assistant to the president and as a professor of education at Muskingum University.


A graduate of Muskingum College, Ohio State University and Ohio University, Kokovich has been a member of New Concord Village Council for many years and served as a member of the board of directors for the John and Annie Glenn Historical Site at New Concord. The Harrison County native is an outdoor enthusiast and regularly visits Clendening, Piedmont, Seneca and Tappan lakes.


Other members of the MWCD Board of Directors are Pryce, William P. Boyle Jr. and David L. Parham. The five-member Board, appointed by the Conservancy Court to terms of five years with a limit of two consecutive terms of service, meets monthly in open session in accordance with the state’s public meeting laws. Meeting dates routinely are available on the MWCD website at www.mwcd.org or by contacting the MWCD toll-free at (877) 363-8500.


The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Basin, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving more than $7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government. The MWCD also operates numerous outdoor recreational facilities on its 54,000 acres of water and land space, most of which is open for public access.


For more information about the MWCD, visit www.mwcd.org.


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