Amanda Osborne named 2021 Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award Recipient

Dec. 9, 2021

On December 9, during the OSU Extension virtual Annual Conference awards ceremony, Amanda Osborne was presented the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award. Since joining Ohio State University Extension as an Extension educator in Cuyahoga County in September of 2015, she has truly demonstrated a record of excellence in creative and scholarly work, teaching, and service to community and profession.

The annual award seeks to recognize:

  • long term strengths in teaching and research
  • a long-standing record of teamwork and collaboration in program planning, implementation and evaluation
  • a successful track record in grant awards, cost recovery, or other external funding
Amanda Osbortne

Amanda Osborne joined OSU Extension-Cuyahoga County as the Community Development educator in September of 2015. She is responsible for planning, teaching, and evaluating educational programs that support the development of a sustainable local/regional food system with a focus on building/enhancing systems and creating new economic development opportunities. She provides Extension leadership to the state food policy network and works to establish and foster collaborative opportunities with local, regional, state and national community development organizations. In addition, she conducts community data analysis, identifies and participates in research and mapping projects, and identifies and secures additional external funding. 

    The Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award is named in honor of Raymond A. Schindler, one of the first Extension CD professionals in Ohio. Hired in 1962 as an Area Extension Agent, Ray began his career in southern Ohio, based in Highland County. He took a collaborative approach to his work, focusing on tourism development, comprehensive planning, planning commissions, and business retention and expansion programs until his retirement in 1988.