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Bill Ballenger and Pete Tender, School of Music

Bios and Topic



William L. Ballenger serves as Director of the School of Music at The Ohio State University, a post he has held since 2017. Prior to his appointment at Ohio State, he served for 13 years as Director of the School of Music at Texas Tech University, and 12 years as Department Head of Music at Oklahoma State University.

Professor Ballenger has composed more than 70 original compositions and arranged more than 600 works for various ensembles. He has conducted many festival and honor bands in many states throughout the country. A former marching band director at University of Nebraska and Oklahoma State University, Professor Ballenger enjoys cheering for and supporting the Best Damn Band In The Land. Professor Ballenger is an avid golfer.



Pete Tender has been with Ohio State’s School of Music since 1990. He works in support of the director and associate directors, manages the day-to-day business operations of the school, teaches classes in music technology and maintains the music computer lab. Pete received his BS in Computer and Information Sciences in 1992 and an MA in music theory in 2005 from The Ohio State University. He also received an MBA from The Fisher College of Business in 2012.

In addition to his work for the school, he is a composer, a pop songwriter, and performs at the piano regularly throughout the Columbus area.

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Topic: Sing-along with Bill and Pete

*Available for golf outings

Maurice Hall, Actor, Writer, Director, Producer, Former Football Player

Bio and Topics

Maurice was a member of the 2002 national championship team.  He graduated from Ohio State with a degree in Strategic Communications and a Masters in Sports Administration.  After graduation he decided to pursue a career in acting which is something that brings the same kind of excitement as football once did.  He wrote, directed, produced and starred in the feature film ‘Baker’s Man’ which was released June 2017.


Topics: Scoring the Game Winner, Passion to Purpose, Act Like You Have Been There

*Available for golf outings

Tom Rieland, General Manager, WOSU Public Media

Bio and Topics

Tom Rieland has served as General Manager of WOSU Public Media at The Ohio State University since 2002. WOSU includes central Ohio’s PBS, NPR, and classical music stations. Tom has over 30 years of experience in broadcast journalism and public broadcast management.  WOSU’s radio operations were named the best in Ohio by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2017 in competition with other public and commercial stations. WOSU’s local television programming was nominated for ten regional Emmy Awards in 2017.  The WOSU TV team won five Emmy’s last year. Columbus Neighborhoods, Broad & High, Columbus On The Record, and other local programming are produced out of WOSU. Tom is 2017 Chair of the National Educational Telecommunications Association, which supports public stations across the country.  Tom is currently working on a nonfiction book for The Ohio State University Press on the history of WOSU and groundbreaking wireless communications research at Ohio State that dates back to 1900.


Topics: The Future of Television; Public Media and History of WOSU

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