Updated Tue, Jan 31, 2012 12:16 pm
Ohio University President Roderick McDavis is receiving the Silas Hunt Legacy Award from the University of Arkansas for his work in diversity.
The award recognizes African Americans for their significant achievements or contributions to the community, state, and nation.
Special Assistant to the President Becky Watts says this award is important because it means there is outside recognition of the advances Ohio University has made in its diversity efforts.
"The recognition of President McDavis's work in diversity is significant for Ohio University because through his vision, the university has committed significant energy and time and resources to expanding the diversity of Ohio University," says Watts.
Watts says the president is very pleased to be honored for his work.
"He is so committed and passionate about diversity in all its forms that to receive this recognition from an institution where he previously served is a very special honor to him," says Watts.
The Silas Hunt Award was created in 2005 and first awarded in 2006.
Recipients were nominated and selected by a volunteer selection committee of University of Arkansas faculty, students, staff and former recipients.
McDavis served as dean of the College of Education and professor of counselor education at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, from 1989-1994.
The award ceremony will take place on April 12th at the University of Arkansas.