Leadership & Board of Directors


professor of communications, howard university

Dr. Sidney A. Ribeau


Director, 2000

Sidney A. Ribeau is a professor of Communications at Howard University in Maryland. He served as president of the university for eight years. Prior to his time at Howard, Ribeau served as president and chief executive officer of Bowling Green State University for 13 years. He received his bachelor's degree in English and Speech Education from Wayne State University in 1971 and his master's and doctorate degrees in Interpersonal and Group Communications from the University of Illinois.

In 1976, Dr. Ribeau accepted a position as professor of communication studies at California State University, Los Angeles. In 1987, he joined California State University, San Bernardino as dean of undergraduate studies. He was named dean of the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1990. In 1992, he became vice president for academic affairs at California Polytechnic State, Pomona where he served prior to accepting the presidency of Bowling Green State University.

In addition to Worthington Industries, Dr. Ribeau serves on the boards of The Andersons, Convergy's, Inc., TIAA-CREF, Toledo Symphony, Greater Toledo Urban League, the Third Frontier Board of Trustees, the American Council on Education's National Diversity Group and is a member of the board of trustees of the Regional Growth Partnerships.