Robert W. Teater

A Kentucky native, Robert W. Teater holds a BS degree in agriculture from the University of Kentucky and an MS and Ph.D. in agronomy from The Ohio State University, where he taught agronomy from 1957-1961. He served as Executive Assistant to the Director and later Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources from 1961-69 before returning to OSU. As Associate Dean for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics he was the Assistant Director of the OARDC from 1969-1971. For the next four years, he served as Associate Dean and Director of the School of Natural Resources, where he built the school from 200 students to more than 800.

He returned to government in 1975 serving as the Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources until January 1983. He founded Robert W. Teater & Associates and led the way on several international natural resource development projects including the creation of a 9,000-acre Muskingum County research and education center for endangered species known as The Wilds.

For 32 years Teater served in the Ohio National Guard rising to Major General, earning the Distinguished Service Medal, Combat  Infantry Badge and Bronze Star for service in Korea.

Teater was elected for three terms on the Board of Education for Columbus City School, where he served three years as president. Teater and his wife Dorothy have four sons David, James. Donald and Andrew and live in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus.