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Dr. Benoit, Chancellor Petro, Dr. McDavis
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Chancellor Addresses OHIO Alumni

Ashley Carnifax
May 6, 2011

More than 150 Ohio University alumni were honored Wednesday, May 4th at the 28th Annual Ohio University State Government Alumni Luncheon, at the Athletic Club of Columbus and hosted by President McDavis on behalf of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Chancellor of Higher Education Jim Petro delivered the keynote, urging attendees to continue their dedication to state government and education. Petro said he got to know Ohio University during a run for state office, and praised “the Harvard on the Hocking.”

Petro also stressed the importance of higher education to the state of Ohio, saying that the more college graduates the state has, the higher revenue will be. He said he hopes that by improving each university in the state university system, it will encourage more of “the best and brightest in Ohio” to stay in state for school.

This year’s Outstanding State Government Alumni Award was presented to Scott Milburn, class of 1991, and the director of communications for Governor John Kasich. The award recognizes Ohio University alumni for outstanding achievements in public service. Criteria for the award include significant professional achievement, public service to Ohio University and service contributed to Ohio University’s public affairs program. Milburn said receiving the award was a real honor.

“The people on the committee are distinguished professionals in the field of public affairs, so to be awarded this honor by them is flattering,” Milburn said, speaking of the Ohio University Public Affairs Advisory Committee. The committee, which is made up of alumni who had previously won the award, has been an invaluable resource to Ohio University community by working with public affairs students, helping with curricula and contributing to the programs.

Milburn added that the honor will help him stay engaged with Ohio University, something that he has been trying to do, and has enjoyed.

“I’ve learned as much from OU after graduating as I did while there because of the exposure to people in my field and the opportunities I’ve had,” Milburn said.

University President Roderick McDavis agreed. “OHIO State Government Alumni are a very important group to the university because they allow us to stay connected to the various entities of State Government, from the legislature to various oversight groups,” McDavis said. “These alumni create opportunities for our students that they wouldn’t have otherwise.”

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