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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Presented with Friend of Independent Higher Education Award


The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) presented Ohio Governor Mike DeWine with the Friend of Independent Higher Education Award at a ceremony as a part of the AICUO Annual Meeting this week. The award honors champions of the Ohio private college sector. This award recognizes those who have supported our sector by going above and beyond to meet the needs of our students and member institutions, explains AICUO President C. Todd Jones.

Governor DeWine was recognized for his dedication to providing financial support of Ohio’s neediest students as they pursue their aspirations for higher education in the state. Ohio’s biennial budget bill contained the largest increase to the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) funding in a decade. The increase was a direct result of the governor’s decision to include a large OCOG increase in his original executive budget. Governor DeWine set the tone, which was then supported by the legislature.

AICUO is the public relations, research and government liaison organization for 51 independent, nonprofit institutions of higher education in Ohio. Members include four-year undergraduate, graduate and professional schools accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Picture Caption: (from left to right) AICUO President and General Counsel, C. Todd Jones, Governor Mike DeWine, University of Findlay President, Dr. Katherine Fell, Chancellor Randy Gardner, Ohio Northern University President, Dr. Dan DiBiasio

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For more information about AICUO and its government relations efforts, please contact:

Emily Tully
Vice President, Government Relations