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Samuel I. Hicks honoree to speak at Ohio University

Rick Lewis will speak Monday and Tuesday


Rick Lewis, executive director of the Ohio School Boards Association, has been named as the Ohio University 2011 Samuel I. Hicks Executive-in-Residence, an honor that recognizes outstanding leaders in the field of education.

In his role as executive director of OSBA, Lewis is responsible for providing leadership in developing and maintaining programs and services that assist Ohio's 719 boards of education in fulfilling their leadership responsibilities in public education.

Lewis will accept the Hicks award at the monthly meeting of the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS) on Tuesday, April 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Ohio University Inn. Non-members of CORAS are welcome to attend as guests and may do so by contacting Larry Burgess at burgessl@ohio.edu

On Monday, April 18, Lewis will deliver a keynote address for Ohio University students, faculty and staff discussing recent changes in school funding and the ramifications of Senate Bill 5 for school districts. The lecture will take place at 9 a.m. in The Patton
College of Education and Human Services'
Curriculum and Technology Center, located in McCracken Hall room 215. A light breakfast will be served during the event, which is open to the public.

Lewis earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Ohio University. He also holds the designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is certified in convention management by ASAE. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the American Association of School Administrators and the Ohio Society for Association Executives.

His past work experience includes serving on numerous state and national committees and working as a labor relations specialist, policy specialist and business and marketing manager at OSBA.

The Samuel I. Hicks Executive-in-Residence program was established through The Ohio University Foundation in 1976 to honor Samuel I. Hicks, professor emeritus of educational administration at Ohio University. Hicks, who died in 1999, dedicated more than 75 years to teaching, research and educational administration. His extraordinary devotion, achievement and service on behalf of higher education reflect the spirit with which the Hicks Executive-in-Residence award is presented.