NEW FRANKLIN  Local student Jacob Michael Wenhold has graduated top of his class from the University of Toledo's School of Business. In May, he earned a dual bachelor of business administration in operations and supply chain management and human resource management. Wenhold credits his success to his faith, the faculty and advice from his father.

On his first visit, Wenhold had a gut feeling that God was leading him to the University of Toledo.

"It was a beautiful campus and had strong programs in what I wanted to major in," he said. "I couldn't have made it through college without my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."

Once there, he made connections with the faculty at the College of Business and Innovation, who acted as mentors to keep him motivated.

"It is because of professors like Dr. Clint Longenecker, Dr. Larry Fink, Dr. Joe Cooper, and Dr. Paul Hong that I really got engaged in the classroom," Wenhold said. " hey really do push you to be the best you can be and develop you into a leader in your field.

Between and after class, Wenhold stayed busy. He became the vice president of Active Christians Today and got involved in the Society for Human Resource Management and the Association for Supply Chain Management. Even during a student’s usual downtime, he was a resident advisor.

Wenhold said he doesn’t settle for mediocrity, a lesson passed down to him. In high school, he graduated ninth out of 147 students from Manchester High.

"My father has taught me to set standards of excellence and not to stop working until you achieve them," Wenhold said.

Currently, Wenhold works at Republic Services as an operations clerk, but he does a little bit of everything from routing and scheduling to ordering parts and supplies.

"My title is sort of a placeholder," said Wenhold. " I want to continue to climb the management ladder and aspire to become an operations manager at one of their hauling facilities."

Republic Services is second largest provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection and disposal in the United States, according to its website.

In his limited free time, he enjoys working out and going to church events. He is also "a die hard Indians fan."

"Baseball is the one thing I'm crazy about," he said.