Dean Spangler has been selected as the first non-family chair of Sauder Village. He will replace Maynard Sauder who will continue to serve as a member of the board of trustees and as chairman emeritus.
“Dean Spangler has a lot of energy and passion for Sauder Village and has already made a difference in its operations and plans,” Sauder said.
Spangler stepped down as CEO at Spangler Candy Company in July 2011, where he continues to serve as chair.
“I believe that Sauder Village is an extremely important cultural and economic asset of Northwest Ohio,” Spangler said.
The Sauder Village mission is to provide guests with experiences rich in history, hospitality, creativity and fun. Since opening in 1976, Sauder Village has grown to a 235-acre complex with more than 450 employees and 400 adult and 200 youth volunteers. As Ohio’s largest living history destination, Sauder Village includes the award winning Historic Village, the 98-room Sauder Heritage Inn, a 48-site campground, the 350-seat Barn Restaurant, the Doughbox Bakery, and banquet seating for 750 in Founders Hall.
The Historic Village preserves more than 75 historic structures and nearly 50,000 artifacts where history is brought to life through stories, demonstrations, and programs that impact nearly 100,000 guests of all ages each season.