Life-long Youngstown residents and supporters of Youngstown State University, Reid and Judy Schmutz have spent their lives making an impact within the community they love so much.
The Schmutzes grew up across the street from each other and attended The Rayen School on Youngstown’s North Side. They married in 1965 and have three children – Charles, Jr., Andy (Sheri), and Jill (Eddie) – and two grandchildren, Logan and Lily Schmutz.
In regards to athletics, they have created the Schmutz Athletic Facilities Support Fund, an endowment to assist the department in enhancing the student-athlete experience for all Penguins. Reid has been a long-time member of the Penguin Club’s Board of Trustees and spent two years as the organization’s president, from 1999-2001. Tonight, the Schmutz Family is being honored as Penguins of the Year for their tireless efforts and contributions.
Throughout the 1990’s, Judy and Reid traveled with the football team and cheerleaders to various away and playoff games across the country. They have traveled to Spokane, Wash., Philadelphia, Pa., Chattanooga, Tenn., Missoula, Mont., Huntington, W. Va., Statesboro, Ga., Louisiana and Texas, to name a few. Each year there is an annual guy’s trip to an away football game which includes what Reid calls a “probability conference,” also known as a trip to a casino.
Reid and Judy have always and continue to share their time with the community by serving in many capacities on various directing boards.
The Schmutzes are founding members of the Boardman High School Swim Team Boosters. They are supporters of YSU’s Mad about The Arts, WATTS, the Schmutz Family Lobby in Stambaugh Stadium, and the Schmutz Family Classroom in Williamson Hall. Endowments established are the Schmutz Family Scholarship Fund and the previously mentioned Schmutz Athletic Facilities Support Fund.
Judy currently serves on the board of the Mahoning County Libraries and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Youngstown. She previously served on the board of the Boardman United Methodist Preschool, Boardman High School Swim Team, and the Boardman PTA, in which she was instrumental in creating the Pride and Spirit Committee for the Boardman School System. In 1997, after 22 years of service, she received lifetime membership in the Ohio PTA.
Reid served as the President of the YSU Foundation from 1989 through 2011. During his tenure, he oversaw the growth of the foundation’s assets from $50 million to more than $180 million and helped implement the University Scholars program. The University Scholars program is based on the premise that academic excellence deserves to be recognized on a par with achievement in the highest areas of human activity, and that this recognition should take the form of an award of full tuition and room and board for four years for those able to maintain a high level of excellence. The program awards 40 scholarships annually to deserving students.
Prior to becoming president of the Foundation, he worked for 25 years at the Standard Slag Company, leaving in 1989 as Vice President of Operations.
Reid earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Brown University in 1964. He received an honorary degree and delivered the commencement address at YSU’s summer commencement in August 2010. In April 2012, they were honored to receive YSU’s Friends of the University Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions to YSU and the community.
He is a trustee and past president of the Association of Fundraising Executives, Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Youngstown Rotary Club, and YSU Penguin Club. He also is a trustee of the Mahoning/Shenango Planning Giving Council, The Rayen School Foundation, the Easter Seals/YHSC, and the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center. He previously served on the boards of Junior Achievement, Mahoning Valley Sports Charities, Mahoning Valley Historical Society, St. Elizabeth Development Foundation, and the Park Vista Retirement Community Philanthropy Committee. He also was a member of the 1985 inaugural class of Leadership Mahoning Valley.
Recently, Reid has been elected a director of the Farmers Trust Company. Farmers National Banc Corp. is a holding company comprised of three subsidiaries: Farmers National Bank of Canfield, an independent community bank with 20 offices; Farmers Trust Co., a non-depository bank; and Farmers National Insurance LLC.
In their spare time they enjoy traveling anywhere warm, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. Although Reid no longer works at the Foundation, he can still be found around campus visiting colleagues and taking an interest in all things YSU. He loves heckling basketball coaches from their seats behind the visiting team, and walking from loge to loge visiting friends and sampling desserts during home football games.