Recognizing Excellence: Contributions and innovations in Extension CD

How do we achieve excellence? We stop what we are doing, stand back, and assess efforts. We then recognize those special accomplishments.

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.

Today, we recognize Extension CD professionals with The Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award. 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

In January 2018, we recognized Becky Nesbitt with the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award for her ability to develop and deliver multidisciplinary, evidence-based programs in collaboration with colleagues, stakeholders, private industry and state and federal funding partners that empower others to affect positive change. Since joining Ohio State University Extension in 1987, she has truly demonstrated a record of excellence in creative and scholarly work, teaching and service to community and profession.

Click here to learn more about Becky and her work.Congratulations, Becky!


Greg Davis is a professor and assistant director for OSU Extension Community Development.

2 thoughts on “Recognizing Excellence: Contributions and innovations in Extension CD

  1. Hi Becky,
    Congratulations on receiving Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in CD Award.
    It was my privilege to sit with you during the morning session and learn more about you and your passion to serve others. You are a deserving of this recognition and I am thankful for the opportunity to know you and see the spirit of this award alive in your professional career! Congrats!

  2. Congratulations Becky!
    You are a true CD professional proven by an impressive list of accomplishments. I am honored to be associated with you and other fellow CD professionals. I feel certain you will always be involved in community affairs after you retire as I have. It’s in our blood!
    Live life to its fullest!
    Ray

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