Who:  The Ohio State University at Lima
Jo Ann Davidson keynote speaker at Ohio State Lima convocation
  May 29, 2002
  Reed Hall Auditorium, OSU Lima Campus
Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284 or Jon Rockhold at (419) 995-8390

For Immediate Release

May 29, 2002

CONTACT: Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Jo Ann Davidson keynote speaker at Ohio State Lima convocation

Former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Jo Ann Davidson will be the keynote speaker at The Ohio State University at Lima’s ninth annual convocation ceremony at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 9, 2002, in Reed Hall Auditorium. This year’s graduates will be recognized along with outstanding academic performers. Awards for outstanding teaching and scholarly work will also be presented. A reception will follow.

Graduating seniors are also eligible to attend Spring Quarter Commencement exercises at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Friday, June 14, 2002. (See http://www.osu.edu/commence/ for more details on this event.)

Davidson, a member of the Legislature for 20 years, served as Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives from January 1995 through December 2000. Her leadership guided many important legislative initiatives through the Ohio General Assembly including welfare reform, electric deregulation and criminal justice reform. In addition, Davidson has extensive experience in the private sector. Prior to 1994, Speaker Davidson worked as Vice President of Special Programs for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

Speaker Davidson holds honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Ohio University and Capital University, an honorary degree in Government Leadership from the University of Findlay, and an honorary Doctor of Public Administration degree from The Ohio State University. She serves on the board of trustees of The Ohio State University, the University of Findlay and Franklin University.

Davidson recently formed her own consulting firm, JAD and Associates, and is doing consulting work in a broad range of services involving public policy development and analysis, strategic planning and political campaigns.


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