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Alumni Award Winners

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is proud to announce its 2021 Alumni Award recipients, honoring professional achievement, public service and volunteerism.

Each year, we recognize outstanding alumni in the following categories:

  • Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Alumni Service Award


Click each video below to learn more about our honorees. 

Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement

H. Brinton Milward, MA ’73, PhD ’78  

The Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement recognizes alumni whose work and contributions have been recognized as outstanding in their fields.

Dr. Milward is the founding director of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, and his research career has revolved around networks and collaboration. The focus of his work has been on understanding how to efficiently and effectively manage networks of organizations that jointly produce public services like health and human services. In addition, since 9/11 he has studied illegal and covert networks that pursue grievances or greed. His articles on "Dark Networks" have been widely cited for their application of network analysis and management theory to terrorist networks, human trafficking, drug smuggling and other illegal activities.

Young Alumni Achievement Award

Leigh Anderson, PhD ’14

The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni, 40 years old and younger, who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career or civic involvement or both.

Dr. Anderson is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Chicago State University and serves in residence at the Harvey (Illinois) Police Department. She also works as a member of the Ferguson, Missouri, federal consent decree monitoring team. Most recently, she worked as a chief performance analyst in the Public Safety Section of the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General, where she led and conducted audits and evaluations to increase public safety, protect civil liberties and increase the public’s confidence in the City of Chicago Public Safety Structure.

Outstanding Alumni Service Award

Lauren Rummel, MPA ’12

The Outstanding Alumni Service Award recognizes exemplary leadership and service to the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, its faculty, students, staff and alumni or programs.

Lauren currently serves as the director of government affairs and ethics for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, managing state and federal advocacy efforts on behalf of the board. If you are an alum of the Glenn College and/or have attended a prior Leadership Forum, you have likely seen and benefited from her good work on behalf of the college. In 2013, she helped launch the Glenn College Young Alumni Club. Shortly thereafter, she was elected to the Glenn College Alumni Society board, where she served as chair of the Leadership Forum and president of the alumni society board in 2019. She recently stepped down from the alumni society board but remains highly engaged with the college as a member of the Leadership Forum Planning Committee and an instructor teaching Introduction to Public Affairs to our undergraduate students.