COLUMBUS, Ohio — Karl J. Kisner, director of marketing at Univar USA in Austin, Texas, has been elected to The Ohio State University Alumni Association board of directors.
Kisner, who graduated from the university in 1990 with a degree in agronomy specializing in turfgrass management, was elected by the board in May following a rigorous review process. A five-member nominating committee recommended Kisner and four others for consideration after reviewing a large base of candidates from around the country. Board members serve five-year terms.
“I want to be able to pay forward and assist my alma mater,” Kisner said. “I have intense pride and appreciation for Ohio State and this gives me a chance to help apply my skills to work with the Alumni Association. I recognize that I am where I am today because of my time at Ohio State and so in appreciation I wish to continue to serve the needs and interests of the University however I can.”
Kisner has never forgotten his Buckeye roots. He maintains membership in several alumni organizations, including the Austin and Army ROTC clubs. He also is a devoted OSU Buckeye football fan, attending every home game but one with his father at the famed “Horseshoe” since 1994. Kisner also has attended every bowl game since 1993, including the BCS National Championship game in Tempe, Ariz., in 2002.
Kisner is director of marketing at Univar USA, and brings expertise in product development, branding and marketing to the board. His many professional accolades include being recognized as a Rising Star by the Alumni Association in 1994. In 2002, he received the Association’s William Oxley Thompson Award. In 2007, Kisner established the Sharron L. Kisner CIDP Research Fund (named for his mother), which is used in Ohio State’s Department of Neurology to advance knowledge in the field of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. He also supports the Greyhound Wellness program in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Kisner is a well-known figure in the pest management industry thanks to his extensive experience in product distribution and his years working for basic manufacturers. After graduating from OSU, he began his career as a turf specialist for Van Waters & Rogers in 1990, serving the Southern California market. He was employed by Terra Industries for six years as Ohio/Northeast Region manager before joining Aventis in 1998 as product manager. Kisner transitioned through the mergers and acquisitions of Aventis/Rhone Poulenc, Agrevo, Bayer, Bayer Hold Separate and eventually BASF, where he served as a senior marketing manager. He holds a certificate of professional achievement in marketing and sales management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Kisner and his spouse of 15 years live in Pflugerville, Texas, with three greyhounds and two cats.
The Alumni Association is a dues-supported organization of graduates, former students, and friends of the university with more than 120,000 members. For more than 125 years, the Alumni Association has been dedicated to connecting alumni, friends and students to enhance and strengthen the traditions and reputation of The Ohio State University.