The Mac A. Stewart
Distinguished Award for Service
This award was named in honor of Dr. Mac A. Stewart, former Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (formerly the Office of Minority Affairs) at The Ohio State University. The award recognizes Dr. Stewart's distinguished career and tireless efforts in higher education, particularly as they relate to African American males. Annually, this award is given to an individual in government, education, professional societies, and/or the community who has demonstrated outstanding service and leadership on matters dealing with African American males throughout the lifespan.
Mr. Shawn Dove joined the Open Society Institute (OSI) US Programs staff in May 2008 to launch and lead the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national philanthropic initiatve that builds on OSI's existing grant making strategies to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys in the areas of education, work and family. Dove has over two decades of leadership experience as a youth development professional, community builder and advocate for children and families, designing and leading initiatives locally and nationally.
Mr. Gene Smith, associate vice president/director of athletics, is widely recognized among the leaders of his profession and has been named "one of the most powerful people in collegiate sports." Smith was named the Buckeyes' director of athletics March 5, 2005. Smith developed Team Smith, a group mentoring effort with African American male undergraduate students. As a member of Team Smith, students learn valuable lessons on leadership, etiquette and professionalism. Smith and his wife also sponsor the Excalibur Award, the highest honor a student can receive from the Bell National Resource Center.
Mr. William A. Keyes IV, is the president of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship. Bill Keyes hitch-hiked to Washington D.C. in 1978 with a dream of participating in national politics and the public policy process. After working for a few years in the legislative and exedutive branches of governments, he founded a national political action committee and a public affairs consulting business. Keyes opened the doors of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship (www.i4rc.org) on January 2, 2003. The Institute selects some of the nation's best and brightest African American male college students for an intensive two-summer experience in Washington.
C. J. Prentiss, former Ohio State Senator, was the first recipient of the Mac A. Stewart Distinguished Award for Service. She was selected for this award because of her tireless efforts to improve school outcomes for African American male high school students throughout the state of Ohio. Ms. Prentiss was instrumental in establishing the Governors Achievement Gap Initiative, which targets African American male ninth graders at 13 urban school districts.
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