On December 18, during the OSU Extension Annual Conference awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio, Gregory Davis was presented the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award for his dedication to the community development profession for more than 24 years. Since joining Ohio State University Extension in 1995, he 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
Greg got his start as a county Extension agent working with community volunteers, organizations, and local governments. He also fulfilled the community development mission by conducting research, teaching, and service in the Departments of Extension and Agriculture, Environmental, and Development Economics focusing on empowering individuals, organizations, and communities to better understand their local economy and methods for improvement. More recently, from 2010-2019, Greg provided leadership as the assistant director, OSU Extension Community - Development, leading field-based educators engaged in community development work to improve civic, environmental, and economic conditions throughout Ohio.
|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.|