Moritz College of Law The Ohio State University
This Month @ Moritz

Dan Sandman '73: Doing Something Great for Ohio State

Dan is entering his fifth and final year as a member of the Ohio State Alumni Association Board of Directors, having just wrapped a two-year term as board chair. He led the search team that selected OSU football legend Archie Griffin to replace Dan L. Heinlen as President/CEO of the OSU Alumni Association. "The search committee did a wonderful job," Sandman says. "There was unanimous, enthusiastic support for Archie. We were impressed by his work ethic, his solid values, his dedication to the university, and his enthusiasm for taking on this new job."

In his day job, Dan serves as the vice chairman and chief legal and administrative officer, general counsel and secretary for U.S. Steel Corp. in Pittsburgh, a position he has held since 1993. In addition to these responsibilities he serves on the boards of many other organizations including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Carnegie Museums.

"Everyone is busy, but you make time for the things that are important," Dan says, "Sometimes its easy to juggle everything if you are busy. I have an understanding employer that supports and encourages nonprofit service."

Dan's alumni work includes service on the Moritz College of Law's National Council since 1994 and work as the Alumni Association's representative to the Athletic Council, a four-year role that led to his current alumni work. Dan Heinlen, outgoing president/CEO of the 123,000-member association, encouraged Dan Sandman to run for an Alumni Association board term.  "I had a great experience at OSU," Dan says. "I was looking for an opportunity to give back, even in just a modest way, to provide service."

Dan Sandman with friends and family
Dan Sandman, first row right, with classmate John Mills to his left and
their families and friends at a
Moritz tailgate this fall

As an undergraduate, Dan was a member of the varsity fencing team and was a recipient of the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship. Dan went through law school as the second recipient of the Jack Nicklaus and Robert K. Barton Scholarship and was the first recipient to graduate.

Established in 1968, the Robert K. Barton Memorial Scholarship Fund was how OSU alumnus Jack Nicklaus chose to immortalize his friend, Moritz alumnus Robert K. Barton '62. Barton was killed in a plane crash in Tennessee in 1966 while en route to Augusta, Georgia to see Nicklaus play in the Masters Golf Tournament. In addition to being a fan of the game, Barton was also one of Central Ohio's top amateur golfers. The fund created in his name provides scholarships to law students who have an active interest in the game of golf, just as Barton had during his lifetime. "I was delighted to learn I won it," Dan says, "That put me through school."

Dan was one of many students to benefit from the scholarship and one of his current goals is to ensure that many future students will benefit as well. He hopes to organize all past recipients of the scholarship into a group that would regularly communicate, have events, and would work to raise money to replenish the fund and generate additional scholarships. "I know a number of us do our own philanthropy," Dan says. "I know two fellow Barton recipients by accident. None of us really know each other. Improving the school is more than financial contributions," he adds. "Being available for advice and volunteer work is equally important." To that end, and because no comprehensive list of Barton Scholars exists, Dan encourages former Barton scholarship recipients to make themselves known to the College by contacting Pam Lombardi.

"The Moritz College of Law is one of the best in the country," says Dan, "We all have the law school to thank for our training. We all want to improve it and I know others share that hope and dream."