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Voinovich School History

History

1981

The Ohio University Board of Trustees created the original organization, the Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development (ILGARD). Mark Weinberg was the founder and served as Director since inception. From 1981 to 2007, the organization was part of the College of Arts and Science.

1985

The Rural Universities Program (RUP) is created by the Ohio General Assembly. This program and its metropolitan companion, the Urban Universities Program, serve as major statewide public service programs for the Ohio Board of Regents. Ohio University directs this to funding to ILGARD.

1995

The Ohio University Board of Trustees creates an umbrella center called the Center for Public and Environmental Affairs (CEPA) to house ILGARD and the Environmental Studies program.

1998

The George V. Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs is established on December 11 in partnership with the College of Business when the Ohio Board of Trustees votes to rename and expand the existing academic center, including an Executive Leadership program and entrepreneurship program.

2000

The Voinovich Undergraduate Research Scholars program is established in is original form as a collaboration between the George V. Voinovich Center and the Honors Tutorial College. The program provides paid, applied research opportunities for undergraduates.

2001

Ohio Governor Taft, the Ohio Board of Regents, and the Ohio General Assembly recognize the opportunity to use Ohio University to implement a new strategy, the Appalachian New Economy Partnership (ANEP), to strengthen the region’s growth and competitiveness in the current and emerging knowledge-based economy.

2007

The George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is established on April 20, when the OHIO Board of Trustees votes to rename the center. The School becomes the first multidisciplinary school at Ohio University. TechGROWTH Ohio is also established.

2011

In February, Ohio University announces the creation of the Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between the Voinovich School and the College of Business, designed to bring entrepreneurial experience to students while supporting the economic growth of the region.

On June 10, a group of 25 Master of Public Administration students become the first students ever to receive degrees from the Voinovich School of Leadership in Public Affairs.

2013

Voinovich School’s first class of Master of Science in Environmental Studies students earn their degrees.

2014

Mark Weinberg, the director of the Voinovich School since its inception, is appointed Founding Dean of the School.

2017

At the Voinovich School’s 10-year anniversary, the School continues to focus on applied research, leadership development, and service to the region, state, nation and world.