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Larry and Sheila McHale, long-time OHIO volunteers, visit with First Lady Deborah McDavis prior to their receiving the John C. Baker Founders Award on Thursday, November 12.

Photo courtesy of: Joel Prince


Sheila McHale makes acceptance remarks following the Baker Award presentation, and she gets a chuckle from Larry McHale and Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis

Photo courtesy of: Joel Prince

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Sheila and Larry McHale receive John C. Baker Founder's Award

On Thursday, Nov. 12, The Ohio University Foundation bestowed its greatest honor upon alumna Sheila McHale and her husband Lawrence “Larry” McHale, The John C. Baker Founder’s Award. The award recognizes individuals who have provided exemplary service to The Foundation. The inaugural Baker Awards were presented in 1995 during a special dual celebration in the life of Ohio University: the 50th anniversary of The Foundation and the 100th birthday of its founder, the late President Emeritus John C. Baker.

Stalwart Ohio University volunteers, Sheila McHale is a member and past president of the Ohio University Women’s Club of Cleveland, is a member of the Ohio University Women in Philanthropy Founder’s Circle and of the ohiowomen advisory committee. She has served on The Foundation Board of Trustees and The Promise Campaign Steering Committee. She currently is a member of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Visitors and chairs the Foundation Board’s Emeriti Committee. Larry McHale Larry has been a member of the College of Business Executive Advisory Board since 1999. He serves as vice chair of The Foundation Board of Trustees and is a steering committee member for the Professional Sales Advisory Board of the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre.

The Baker Award has been presented to a small and select company of men and women who have had lasting and significant impact on Ohio University, and whose contributions set a standard of excellence. In fact, this marks just the 11th time that the Foundation has bestowed this honor.

“For four decades, Sheila has been engaged with our University community as an alumna. To be sure, we are a better University because of her broad leadership and her wide-ranging engagement,” said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. “Together, Sheila and Larry were instrumental in the success of The Promise Lives Campaign. We owe a debt of gratitude to their determination and their philanthropic vision – which ultimately helped to inspire half a billion dollars of support for Ohio University. They are very deserving of this high honor.”

Sheila McHale graduated from Ohio University in 1968 with an AB in sociology. She is currently the Managing Partner of SM Investment Properties Ltd., a real estate investment and rehabilitation company. She earned the Medal of Merit from the Ohio University Alumni Association in 1992, the College of Arts & Sciences Significant Achievement Award in 1994, and was recognized as OHIO’s Alumna of the Year in 2002.

Larry McHale earned his BS in accounting from Miami University (Ohio) in 1980. He currently is president and CEO of Staffco-Campisano, an international manufacturers’ representative firm. Larry was named an Honorary Alumnus by the Ohio University Alumni Association in 2000 and was honored with the Achievement in Business Award from the College of Business in 2002.

The McHales were active volunteers in three comprehensive campaigns for OHIO: the Third Century Campaign, the Bicentennial Campaign and The Promise Lives Campaign.

“Those of us who know Larry and Sheila, know they come as a pair,” said Chair of The Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees Perry Sook, BSC ’80. “Sheila’s dedication to OHIO – her support and leadership of the vibrant ohiowomen initiative and to The 1804 Fund – is matched only by Larry’s commitment to the College of Business and to the Schey Sales Centre. It is an honor to present them with the Baker Award.”

The Ohio University Foundation is the repository for all private gifts through annual giving programs, capital, and special campaigns and planned or deferred gifts. The Foundation is an institutionally related, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501c(3) organization.