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2019 Awardees

Mark Arnold


Retired Brig. Gen. Mark Arnold, BSISE ’82

Decorated patriot, accomplished business leader and unwavering Bobcat

  • Served over 37 years in U.S. military, including three combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Key military assignments include Battalion Commander, Commander of Coalition Special Operations Forces Afghanistan, Operations and Liaison officer to special mission units Iraq, Assistant Chief of Staff of U.S. Army Special Forces Command, Brigade Commander, and Commanding General of the 100 th Division
  • Past President and CEO of GSE Environmental
  • Past Vice President and General Manager of TempRite Engineered Polymers at The Lubrizol Corp.
  • Past Corporate Vice President and General Manager of International Operations at Advanced Drainage Systems Inc.
  • Recipient of the U.S. Military Distinguished Service Medal (2015), the Legion of Merit (2014), and the Bronze Star Medal (2002)
  • Recipient of Ohio University Alumni Association Medal of Merit (2007)
  • Inducted into Ohio University Army ROTC Hall of Fame (2011)
  • Inducted into Russ College Academy of Distinguished Graduates (2019)
  • Member of The Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Member and past chair of Russ College Board of Visitors
  • Member of Ohio University Army ROTC Society of Alumni and Friends Board of Directors


Jeffery Baran, Medal of Merit 2019


Jeffery Baran, BA ’98, MA ’98

Staunch protector of public health, safety and the environment

  • One of five Senate-confirmed Commissioners on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Former Staff Director for Energy and Environment, Senior Counsel for U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Former Counsel to U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
  • Admitted to the Illinois Bar and the District of Columbia Bar
  • Graduate of Harvard Law School
  • Recipient of the Ohio University Outstanding Alumni Award in Political Science (2007)
  • Past member of the Honors Tutorial College Board of Visitors

R. Emmett Boyle Medal of Merit 2019


R. Emmett Boyle, MS ’70

Engineering and executive extraordinaire

  • Principal and Chair of The Elmwood Group
  • Former Chair, CEO and President of the Board of Directors for Ormet Corp.
  • Former Corporate Manager of Engineering for Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp.
  • Former Design Engineer for McDonnell Aircraft, assigned to Gemini Spacecraft project
  • Inducted into Russ College Academy of Distinguished Graduates (2006)
  • Chair of Russ College Board of Visitors
  • Past member of The Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees and Chair of its Finance Committee
  • Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors

Elizabeth Campbell Medal of Merit 2019


Elizabeth Campbell, MFA ’97

Gifted and passionate artist

  • Work featured in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art
  • Drawings, sculptures and architectural interventions displayed in nearly 30 solo exhibits and over 100 juried and invitational group exhibitions worldwide
  • Featured in more than 100 newspapers, magazines, catalogues and industry publications
  • Awarded Public Art Commission for Landmarks, University of Texas, Austin (2019)
  • Recipient of Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2011)
  • Recipient of Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award (2009)
  • Recipient of Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2006)
  • Recipient of Ohio University College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni Award (2007)

Mona Milliner Medal of Merit 2019


Mona Miliner, BSH ’92, MHA ’94

Results-driven healthcare executive and visionary leader

  • Executive Director of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati – UC Health – UC Physicians
  • Former Business Director for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Former Supervisor of the Dayton and Montgomery County Public Health Department’s Bureau of Primary Health Care
  • Licensed nursing home administrator in State of Ohio
  • Certified in medical practice management, health care management, and health care finance
  • Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American College of Medical Practice Management, the American College of Medical Practice Executives, and the American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Recipient of American College of Healthcare Executives Ohio Regents’ Outstanding Service Award (2019)
  • Past member of the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Past president and member of the College of Health Sciences and Professions Alumni Board

Abdul Williams Medal of Merit 2019


Abdul Williams, BSC ’94

Award-winning screenwriter and producer

  • Screenwriter for feature film “Lottery Ticket” (2010)
  • Screenwriter for BET’s “The New Edition Story” (2017)
  • Screenwriter for “Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania” (2017)
  • Screenwriter for BET’s “The Bobby Brown Story” (2018)
  • Recipient of NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie (2018)
  • Recipient of NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie, Miniseries, or Dramatic Special (2019)
  • Inducted into Shaker Heights High School Alumni Hall of Fame (2018)
  • Guest lectured in OHIO-in-LA program

William Axline Distinguished Service Award 2019 - fixed


William Axline, BBA ’71

Staunch supporter of student success

  • Chair of The Sarasota Trusted Alliance
  • Member of the Board of Directors for E. R. Wagner Co., WIHA Corp., and HYDE Corp.
  • Former Executive Vice President of Global Customer Relations for Actuant Corp.
  • Former Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for Fluidmaster Inc.
  • Former President and CEO for Distribution America Inc.
  • Former Corporate Vice President for Consumer Sales Americas at The Stanley Works
  • Founding member of College of Business’ Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre
  • Member of the Schey Sales Centre Executive Committee and Professional Sales Advisory Board
  • Member and past chair of the College of Business Executive Advisory Board

Anthony Webb Distinguished Service Award 2019


Anthony Webb, BSC ’76

Bobcat ambassador

  • Consulting school psychologist for several charter schools and local school districts in the Philadelphia area
  • Parenting educator for Social Work Connection in Philadelphia
  • Instrumental in helping to plan Ohio University 70’s Reunion in Cleveland
  • Creator of Ohio University Black Alumni from the 70’s Facebook group
  • Founding member of Ohio University’s Gospel Voices of Faith
  • Past president of Ohio University’s Black Student Cultural Programming Board
  • Member of Ohio University’s Ebony Bobcat Network
  • Member of National Association of School Psychologists
  • Members of the Society of Teaching Psychology

Kyle Kondik Ping Award 2019


Kyle Kondik, BSJ ’06

Trusted political and elections analyst

  • Communications Director at University of Virginia Center for Politics and Managing Editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball
  • Former Director of Policy and Research for Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray
  • Author of “The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President” (Ohio University Press, 2016)
  • Contributed to/edited “Barack Obama and the New America” (2013), “The Surge” (2015), “Trumped” (2017) and “The Blue Wave” (2019), all published by Rowman and Littlefield
  • Conducted 2016 speaking tour on American elections in Singapore and Malaysia at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State
  • Expert on presidential, congressional and gubernatorial elections who is frequently quoted in and appearing on media outlets that include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, PBS and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”
  • Former Editor-in-Chief of Ohio University’s The Post
  • Helped launch The Post Alumni Society

Ryan Kyes Kermit Blosser 2019


Ryan Kyes, BBA ’02, MBA ’03

Baseball 1998-2001

  • Set MAC records in hits, doubles and runs scored
  • Set OHIO records for hits, runs score, doubles and total bases
  • Named to Second Team All-MAC in 2000
  • Named to All-American First Team, All-MAC First Team, All-MAC District/All-Region in 2001
  • Selected to Academic All-MAC and Academic All-American Third Team in 2001
  • Recipient of Bob Adams Award (1999), the Bob Wren Offensive Efficiency Award (2000), the Frank Baumholtz Award (2000 and 2001), and the Captain’s Award (2001)


Julia Stover Kermit Blosser 2019


Julia Stover, BSRS ’06

Volleyball 2002-2005

  • Helped secure OHIO three MAC Championships (2003-2005) and three trips to the NCAA Tournament (2003-2005), including advancing to the Sweet 16 in the 2005 NCAA Tournament
  • Named to All-MAC Freshman Team (2002) and All-MAC First Team (2004 and 2005)
  • Named AVCA All-American Honorable Mention and AVCA All-District/Mideast Honorable Mention (2005)
  • Named MAC Player of the Year in 2005
  • Named Ohio University Athlete of the Year in 2005
  • Ranks in OHIO’s top 10 for hitting percentage, total blocks, block assists and kills


Tyler Tettleton Kermit Blosser 2019


Tyler Tettleton, BSSPS ’13

Football 2009-2013

  • Starting quarterback for OHIO Bobcats (2011-2013)
  • Set 12 single-season records for the Bobcats, including most completions and most touchdown passes
  • First quarterback in OHIO history to throw for more than 3,000 years
  • Led the team to victory in 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and 2012 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl, the first bowl game victories in the program’s history
  • First OHIO quarterback to be named All-Conference since 1985
  • Named to All-MAC Third Team in 2011
  • Offensive quality control coach for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns



Larry Hunter Lifetime Achievement Award 2019


Larry Hunter, BSED ’71, MED ’73

Basketball alumnus and history-making coach

  • Member of OHIO Men’s Basketball Team (1967-1971)
  • Head coach of OHIO Men’s Basketball Team (1989-2001)
  • Head basketball coach at Wittenberg University (1976-1989) and Western Carolina University (2005-2018)
  • Under his leadership, Bobcats secured a NCAA Tournament appearance (1994), an NIT appearance (1995) and won the pre-season NIT (1994)
  • Named MAC Coach of the Year in 1994
  • Named NABC Division III Coach of the Year in 1977 after Wittenberg University won the NCAA National Championship, making him the first coach in NCAA history to secure that title in the first season at a school
  • Ranked second on the all-time win list at Ohio University, Wittenberg College and Western Carolina University
  • One of only 40 NCAA men’s basketball coaches to eclipse the 700 career-win milestone
  • Inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016