Ohio University Professor Emeritus Eric Wagner will receive the first 2003-04 Founders Citation on Sept. 19 at the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony.
The Founders Citation, the highest honor presented by the Ohio University Board of Trustees, is awarded to people who have distinguished themselves through exemplary service to Ohio University as members of the faculty or administration, loyal alumni, devoted volunteers or generous philanthropists. The prestigious award has only been awarded five previous times and hasn't been awarded since 1977.
Wagner is the retired chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ohio University, where he also was the sociology undergraduate advising coordinator and a full professor.
He is involved in the Bicentennial Campaign on the College of Arts and Sciences fundraising committee and is the major benefactor for the Eric A. Wagner Professorship in sociology and anthropology.
He has contributed to athletics and to sociology and anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, he set up the Florence Edwards Wagner and Armin Erich Wagner Memorial Fund for campus beautification projects, and he is a member of Friends of the Kennedy Museum. Under Wagner's leadership, the faculty-staff division of the Third Century Campaign more than tripled its goal. He has received the Outstanding Friend of the College of Arts and Sciences Award for his leadership, service and commitment to the college and University.
Wagner joined the Ohio University faculty in 1968 and became a full professor in 1983. He has authored or co-authored more than 22 books and articles, including "Sport in Asia and Africa"; "Nicaraguan Sport Ideology," with Brad Whorton; and "Sport Participation in Latin America." He received his bachelor's degree in international studies from Ohio State University and master's degree in political science and doctorate in sociology from the University of Florida.
He is a former member and president of the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies and former board member and president of Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio. He is involved in First Presbyterian Church, serves on the board of directors of Gainesville Duplicate Bridge Club and is publisher of a monthly newsletter, The Cottage Courier, for his neighborhood.
Wagner has received numerous awards and honors, including Ohio University's Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award and Student Affairs Faculty Contribution Award and several university professorships. He also was presented with the National Society of Fundraising Executives Fuerst Award for outstanding community leadership. He has been listed in "Who's Who in the Midwest," "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in the World."