Hiram, Ohio – Oct. 30, 2015
Weatherhead School of Management alumnus David Coleman, MS '82, vice president of officiating at the Pac-12 Conference, was inducted into the Garfield Society of Hiram College on October 23, 2015.
Established by the College’s Board of Trustees in 1973, the Society is named in honor of James A. Garfield, who before becoming the 20th president of the United States, served as principal of the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (later Hiram College). It honors individuals who have demonstrated significant professional achievement and substantially enriched their communities.
Coleman has served on the Hiram College Board of Trustees since 2013. He first became involved with the College by serving on the Board of Visitors from 2004-2010. Though he never attended Hiram, his birth mom, Emma Joan Kittelberger, is a 1947 alumna.
Prior to Pac-12, he spent nearly five years as director of officiating at the National Football League. During this time, he was a panelist at the 2013 Super Bowl NFL PREP Sports Career Expo in New Orleans, which 500 high school students attended. David is a former Division 1A and 1AA college football official, line judge in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
Coleman also has a 38-year career in human resources including director of human resources (North America operations) at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Cleveland.
In 1995, Coleman retired from the United States Army as a lieutenant colonel. During his military career, he served in several overseas assignments including Korea and Germany. He was also part of the Department of the Army headquarters staff at the Pentagon and director of the Personnel Management Office for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Form Campbell, Ky.
Coleman earned his Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering from theUnited States Military Academy at West Point in 1973. He went on to his master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in 1982. He received a 2008 “Men of Excellence” Award from the New Pittsburgh Courier and has served as a board member of Murtis Taylor Human Services Center since 2010. He grew up in Cleveland, and he and his wife Donna have one son, Matthew.