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State Government Alumni Luncheon honors alumni in public service


The 29th annual Ohio University State Government Luncheon hosted by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs took place Wednesday, May 9. The event honored more than 150 alumni involved in service to the state of Ohio at the Athletic Club in Columbus.

The luncheon event featured a social gathering, welcome and opening remarks by Teri Geiger, a 1986 alumna, and McDavis. George Voinovich provided the keynote address, and Professor Mark Weinberg, director of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, presented the State Government Alumni Award.

Voinovich is a former Cleveland Mayor, Ohio Governor, and Ohio senior United States Senator. Voinovich has been named a Senior Fellow at Cleveland State University and OHIO Visiting Professor of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University since his retirement in January 2011. He remains committed to and involved with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.

This year's recipients of the State Government Alumni Award were M. Beth Trombold, a 1992 alumna and assistant director of the Ohio Department of Development, and Matthew Martin and 2000 and 2009 alumnus and chief of the education section of the Office of Budget and Management. This award is presented to a person who has made a significant achievement in his or her profession, significant public service to Ohio and service contributions for the public affairs programs at Ohio University.

The alumni lunch was introduced in 1983 by then-President Charles Ping as a way to recognize former Ohio University students' contributions to state government as well as to involve alumni in the development of public affairs programs at Ohio University. This event traditionally features a keynote speaker by a prominent political leader and recognizes the annual recipient of the State Government Alumni Award, which recognizes achievements in state service of Ohio University alumni and friends.