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Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis receives Columbus area leadership award

ATHENS, Ohio (Dec. 6, 2006) -- Emby Miller, Ohio University assistant director of diversity programs for the regional campuses and a member of Phi Beta Sigma, and Carter D. Womack, president and CEO of Leadership At Its Best, presented Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis with a 2006 Honorary Leadership Award on Dec. 5 in Athens, Ohio.

Emby Miller, Roderick McDavis and Carter Woodson photo by Rick FaticaLeadership At Its Best and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity have teamed together the past five years to present Honorary Leadership Awards to community members who support positive youth development and have been outstanding role models.

Phi Beta Sigma is a national African-American founded service fraternity whose mission is to thoroughly uphold its founding principles of brotherhood, scholarship and service in daily life. Leadership At Its Best is a Columbus-based company that provides leadership and development training in public and charter schools and university campuses across the nation. During the past five years, they have partnered together to award nearly $75,000 in scholarships and gifts in support of college access.

"We are recognizing Dr. McDavis for his excellent educational leadership in the African American community," Womack said. "The leadership awards have traditionally been given to people in the Columbus community, but when we heard about some of the great things he has already done at Ohio University, we wanted to recognize his efforts."

Other 2006 Honorary Leadership Awardees include: Columbus attorney Otto Beatty, Jr.; child advocate Yvette McGee-Brown; Franklin County Judge James Green; Columbus Public Schools teacher Michael D. Owens and Wendy's International Vice President of Diversity and Ethics Frances Wright.

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