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President McDavis receives Leadership Ohio award

ATHENS, Ohio (April 24, 2007) -- Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis is the winner of the 2007 Leadership Ohio Education Award.

Ohio University President Roderick McDavisMcDavis received the award on April 23 at the Leadership Ohio Think Tank at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. The Think Tank brought together diverse leaders who shared strategies on developing more effective leadership in Ohio-based organizations.

McDavis' was honored for commissioning the Vision OHIO Task Force, which developed the university's strategic plan; creating the diversity-based Appalachian Scholars and Urban Scholars programs; and strengthening the university's relationships with alumni and government officials from Malaysia, China and Japan.

McDavis was one of six president- and CEO-level leaders recognized for outstanding leadership. The Education Award is reserved for a president of a college or university, a superintendent of a school district, or a principal of a school, who provides exceptional leadership in the education industry. The other five award categories are healthcare and human services, arts, government and civic service, corporate and small business.

Candidates were chosen from nominations that included a professional history, his or her key leadership achievements and the positive changes those achievements have had on the community.

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