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Former Ohio University Without Boundaries director honored at conference


The Ohio Continuing Higher Education Association (OCHEA) presented Muriel Ballou, former director of Ohio University Without Boundaries, the Order of Lifelong Learning in Ohio Award at the its annual conference, March 23-25, in Dublin, Ohio.

The Order of Lifelong Learning award is given to OCHEA members upon their retirement from their higher education institution. OCHEA is a not-for-profit organization of accredited, non-profit, degree-granting institutions of higher education in Ohio dedicated to workforce development and lifelong learning through continuing education.

Ballou began working at Ohio University in 1980 and spent her entire career with Lifelong Learning.  During her time at OHIO, she was the coordinator for the Hong Kong program from 1993-1997 and worked with Ohio University’s portfolio program.  Ballou was actively involved in various programs through Ohio University Without Boundaries, which won the Program Excellence Award in 2006 for the Sogeti-Ohio program.

She also served in many leadership roles as a member of OCHEA including secretary, president from 1992-1993, conference committee co-chair and assisting with various conferences and programs. In 2000, she also received the Karen S. House Service to the Association Award. Ballou retired from Ohio University in August 2009.

Barbara Hanniford, dean of Cleveland State University, nominated Ballou for the award.  In her letter of nomination, she wrote that Ballou “pushed OCHEA members to think in new ways about our field and its programming opportunities. She also willingly gave of her time and talents to help OCHEA survive and thrive.”