The Ohio Township Association awarded 12 Leadership Academy graduates with diplomas following the 85th annual Winter Conference, held in downtown Columbus, in early February.
The 2013 graduates include Scott Haws, Plain Township Trustee. Haws said that the academy “is a critical program for providing and enabling me with the additional tools and insight to lead effectively and efficiently through leadership best practices.”
The Leadership Academy was started in 2003 to provide education to elected officials, township staff, employees and appointed individuals. Through the joint efforts of the Ohio Township Association, OSU Extension: Office of Community Development, and Miami University’s Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs, the program offers courses designed to enhance leadership and decision making skills of those involved in Ohio township government.
In order to complete the Academy, all participants had to submit a registration form, attend the General Workshop, participate in six of 10 elective courses and take part in the National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) Annual Conference of federal legislative session. All requirements must be met within three years of beginning the program.
The Ohio Township Association is a statewide organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of township government in Ohio. The Association was founded on June 28, 1928, and is organized in 87 Ohio counties. The Association has more than 5,200 active members, made up of trustees and fiscal officers from Ohio’s 1,308 townships, and more than 4,000 associate members.