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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler receives Glenn College’s Excellence in Public Service Award

Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, received the John Glenn College of Public Affairs’ Excellence in Public Service Award at a reception in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, June 21, 2010. For more than 20 years, this award has been given annually to individuals with an outstanding tradition of service in the public interest.

Chairman Wheeler is a graduate of Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and is the 31st Chairman of the FCC. As chairman of one of the world’s most powerful regulatory agencies he has taking steps to spur competition and innovation in telecommunications, cable and broadband service. He is also a champion of Ohio State students. Glenn College BA alum Regina Black served as an intern in his office when he was first appointed chairman and four OSU law students (one of whom is a dual degree student) currently serve in his office.

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Dr. Herb Asher is now Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the Glenn College

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is happy to announce the appointment of Dr. Herb Asher as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor. The creation of the Glenn College would not be possible without Dr. Asher who served as the founding director of the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy. He was instrumental in creating many of the institute’s programs that have carried over to the Glenn College, most notably the college’s Washington Academic Internship Program.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Asher has been a faculty member of the Dept. of Political Science, where he is a professor emeritus, and he has served Ohio State as counselor to the university president and senior vice president for government affairs. He has also been a former member and chair of the Ohio Ethics Commission and a member of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

He continues to teach courses in political science that many Glenn College undergraduates take as part of their degree program. He also provides strategic advice and counsel to the college on government affairs issues, and offers his insights on the political process to the Glenn College community.

Asher received his BA in mathematics from Bucknell in 1966 and both his MA (1968) and Ph.D. (1970) in political science from the University of Michigan. He has authored numerous books and articles, including"Polling and the Public: What Every Citizen Should Know".

Ohio Community Action Agencies honored with OACCA, Glenn College Exemplary Program Award

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies and the Glenn College recognized three Ohio community action agencies for their work in combating poverty through innovative and effective programs designed to support individuals and families on their paths to self-sufficiency.

The three 2016 award winners are:

  • Franklin County’s IMPACT Community Action Agency’s Employment Plus program — providing financial literacy training and education to individuals and families.
  • Lima/Allen Council on Community Affairs’ Steps-to-Success program – an integrated, comprehensive case management and work readiness program to improve education and employment outcomes for residents of Auglaize County.
  • Butler County’s Supports to Encourage Low-income Families’ (SELF) Build-up Academy – a program that prepares young adults for careers in the construction industry. Awardees were honored during the OACCA Annual Summer Conference July 15, 2016 in Huron, OH.

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Dr. Leonard Haynes joins Glenn College's Washington Academic Internship Program

The Glenn College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Leonard Haynes as a distinguished adjunct professor for the Glenn College’s Washington Academic Internship Program.

“Dr. Haynes is a Swiss Army Knife of D.C. expertise and experience, academic distinction, and classroom excellence,” said Dr. Trevor Brown, dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. “The students in our undergraduate internship program in D.C. are sure to benefit for his knowledge and connections.”

Recently retired as the senior director of Institutional Services in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, Haynes has been an active supporter of WAIP. His office has hosted interns; he has been a mentor to WAIP fellows and found internships across Washington for others.

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Glenn College ranked in the top 25 best Public Affairs programs

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is ranked best in Ohio and 25th nationally among the 272 Public Affairs graduate schools in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

In addition, four of the Glenn College’s specialties have been placed among the ranks of the nation’s best. Public Management Administration is positioned at No. 14. Public Policy Analysis moved up four places to No. 16. The Public Finance and Budgeting specialty is No. 21. For the first time, the Glenn College’s specialty in Nonprofit Management has been ranked debuting at No.17.

Ranked No.29 in the last U.S. News rating cycle (2012), the Glenn College has catapulted up 17 points from its founding in 2007. Its current position makes it one of the highest ranked graduate programs at The Ohio State University.

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