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2023 David Hoch Memorial Award Recipients Announced

Ohio Campus Compact is proud to announce the 2023 David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service Recipients, Anita Ruf-Young from Cleveland State University and Sally Leber from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Anita A. Ruf-Young
Director, Office of Civic Engagement 
Cleveland State University

According to Cleveland State University President Laura Bloomberg, “Everything from how Anita came into her current leadership position to how her work has impacted our campus and her own personal life suggests to me that she embodies all that you seek to recognize through this Memorial Award.  Ms. Ruf-Young is herself a strategic servant leader and she inspires the ethos of service in everyone with whom she works.”

Learn more about Anita’s impact here. 

Sally Leber
Director of Community Service Learning
Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones says of Ms. Leber “I cannot imagine anyone exceeding Sally Leber in contributions that further the civic mission of their institution. Sally Leber is instrumental in advancing [OWU’s] this historic mission in ways that are both timeless, and fresh and relevant for the highly conflicted world of the 21st century.”
Learn more about Sally’s impact here.

The David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service is designed to recognize and honor the outstanding work in service-learning and/or civic engagement performed by a faculty or staff member at an Ohio Campus Compact member institution.  This award is named for the late David Hoch, the Dean of Honors at The University of Toledo, who served as the Director of Service Learning from 1999 – 2005.  Hoch was instrumental in initiating and nurturing the role of civic engagement at The University of Toledo, not only in the Honors Program, but in residence life and other departments as well. His guidance helped grow academic service-learning, student-led community service, and the presidential emphasis on broader civic engagement.

This award is given annually to at least one one faculty or staff member from an Ohio Campus Compact member institution. To be considered, the nominee must be nominated by the college or university president and demonstrate outstanding leadership in furthering the civic mission of the institution.

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