Eric Belden | In My Own Words

Simply put, I love working with people. I have a passion for Stark County! It may be clichéd, but I hope that in some small way the things I’ve been a part of — and will be a part of — will make a positive difference in someone’s life.

Why do you do what you do?

Simply put, I love working with people. I have a passion for Stark County! It may be clichéd, but I hope that in some small way the things I’ve been a part of — and will be a part of — will make a positive difference in someone’s life. Throughout my career, I’ve been extremely lucky to work with great teams, volunteers and families. It started at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, where I spent eight amazing years working with the best volunteers in the world. In my opinion, their time and energy have helped to re-create downtown Canton. Actually, there is very long list of people to thank for that one! During my time at Pathway Caring for Children, I had the opportunity to lead an incredible team of board members, volunteers and caring staff who dedicated their lives to helping abused and neglected children and families throughout Northeast Ohio.The experience was lifechanging.

At the Chamber, I loved the fact that I got the chance to make a difference in my community. At Pathway, I loved that I was working for such an important mission — helping abused children find safety and peace in their lives. In my position at Walsh, I get to do both. The best way to impact a community is to provide an excellent higher education, but sometimes limited financial resources stand in the way of dreams.Through my new role at Walsh, I get to work with alums and the community to secure scholarships and other resources our students need to achieve their goals. When they graduate, they go on not only to make meaningful contributions to the community that supported them but also to give back to help the next generation of students. It is so rewarding to play a small part.

What’s on your bucket list?

I would love to do more international travel with my family.

What is on your mind?

Lately, my thoughts and energies have been directed toward being the best husband and father I can be. As we have been bombarded by negative political ads and worry for the state of our country, I am extremely concerned for my children and have to wonder what kind of world we will leave for them. I’m thankful for all we’ve been given through the hard work and vision of those before us. I hope, like they, we can turn our collective talents and passions toward creating a better world for the next generation — and hopefully not one focused on reality stars!

ABOUT ERIC BELDEN
WHAT: Vice president of advancement and university relations at Walsh University.

FAMILY: Wife, Cathie Belden; children, Kaitlin, Sarah and Harrison.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s in psychology, St. Bonaventure University; currently working toward M.B.A.,Walsh University.

COMMUNITY BOARDS: The First Tee of Canton, Community Advisory Council (CAC) for the Junior League of Stark County, ystark!, J. Babe Stearn Center, Players Guild of Canton, Alliance of Summit County Child Caring Providers, United Way of Greater Stark County Vision Council, council member of Carroll County Family and Children First Council.

AWARDS: 15th class Leadership Stark County and Twenty Under 40 recipient (2009).

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass