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Rick Herrmann Receives University Award for Service

Gordon Gee and Rick Herrmann
Gordon Gee presents Rick Herrmann with distinguished service award.

Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee presented the 2008 Faculty Award for Distinguished Service to Richard Herrmann, Director of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies during a surprise visit to Herrmann's Political Science course in February. Among those in attendance were Paul Beck, Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Herb Weisberg, chair of the Political Science Department.

In presenting the award, Gee cited Herrmann’s service to The Ohio State University not only as Director of the Mershon Center, but also as Chair of the Faculty Senate Steering Committee and Director of Academic Programs at the Office of International Affairs. In this role, taken on during the past year, Herrmann oversees programs and activities at Ohio State’s five area studies centers.

The Faculty Award for Distinguished Service recognizes up to three faculty members annually whose contributions to the development and implementation of university policies and programs through non-administrative roles have been extensive and have made documentable impact on the quality of the university.

Considered a “triple threat” of research, teaching and service by colleagues, Richard Herrmann has devoted more than 26 years and uncountable hours to Ohio State. His level of service spans university, college and departmental levels.

“Whether it has been speaking at summer orientation programs to students and parents or being a sounding board for programming ideas, Rick is always willing to help,” one colleague stated.

A professor in the Department of Political Science, Herrmann has done significant work for the University Honors and Scholars programs and he has also donated his time to different search committees as well as the Office of Research and Senate ad hoc committee on Social Science Institutional Research Board. He has served as a senator on the Faculty Compensation and Benefits Committee and also served on the Healthcare Investment and Design Committee.

A constant contributor to international programs and education on campus, Herrmann has also served on the executive committees for the Slavic and East European Studies Center and the Executive Committee of the Middle East Studies Center.

“His commitment to Ohio State is deep and unwavering,” another colleague stated. “Rick’s willingness to give so generously of his time and talents makes him a true treasure at Ohio State.”

Herrmann received his Ph.D. from University of Pittsburgh in 1981.

Additional photos of President Gee's surprise classroom visit are available on the Political Science website.

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