4/13/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Carlos Campo, president of Ashland University, received the Dr. Richard N. Aft LIVE UNITED Award on behalf of Ashland University at the 2016 Ohio United Way’s Legislative Luncheon held today in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.
“This award was presented to Ashland University because it has placed a major emphasis on being a strategic community partner with United Way of Ashland County,” said Everett DeVaul, executive director of United Way of Ashland County. “Our very successful impact initiatives in ‘Crunch Out Obesity’ and ‘Talk, Read and Play’ would not have been possible without the expertise and willingness of the AU faculty. They helped design and develop the working models and message of these key programs for our early childhood and healthy lifestyle target areas.”
DeVaul noted that even with a reduction in employees and a transition of a new president, Ashland University has remained a Pacesetter organization raising an average of $50,000 annually.
“The new president, Dr. Carlos Campo, has made this critical partnership a top priority in his enhanced community engagement initiative,” DeVaul noted. “My United Way colleagues across Ohio are very jealous of the involvement of the university in both financial support and assistance with several of our community impact initiatives.”
Dr. Campo was very excited to accept the award on behalf of Ashland University.
“Ashland University has made community engagement a top priority, something that has always been the hallmark for United Way in Ashland and nationally,” Dr. Campo said. “We are honored to join the other recipients for this event, and are grateful to our students, faculty and staff, who have created such a deep culture of giving."
Ashland University was one of four groups receiving the award, with the other recipients being Aultman Health Foundation of Canton; Accel Inc. of Newark; and Judge Michael Howard of Canton. A special 2016 United Way of the Year Award also was presented to the United Way of Greater Lorain County.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###