The Ohio State University at Mansfield


Ohio State Mansfield's Donna Hight Honored with OSU Outstanding Staff Award

The Ohio State University presented Dr. Donna Hight with a Distinguished Staff Award during a luncheon in Columbus on Monday, May 1, 207.

The Distinguished Staff Award is given annually to twelve individuals for their outstanding achievements, leadership and dedication to The Ohio State University. The award also recognizes staff who have helped to provide significant solutions to problems in the OSU operations.

Donna says she is humbled by the recognition, “It is a real honor! The award acknowledges all of the hard work by the Student Life staff and the faculty/staff on the entire Mansfield campus.”

Donna has served as the Chief Student Life and Retention Officer for the last 12 years at The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Before her tenure at Ohio State Mansfield, she worked in various roles at the University of Georgia, the University of South Carolina, and several campuses of the University of North Carolina system.

The Ohio State University at Mansfield Dean, Dr. Stephen M. Gavazzi says, “We have no better example of the kind of selfless leadership thanwhat Donna Hight has been able to do for us for all of these years.”

Donna is well-known for her hard work and dedication at the Mansfield campus, as well as her vibrant personality. She can make anyone laugh, and her laughter can be heard throughout the hallways of the Ohio State Mansfield buildings.

Andy Sokolich, Student Engagement Coordinator, works alongside Donna and explains the extent of her influence, “She is a great leader and a great supervisor. In the ten months I’ve been at the Mansfield campus, she [has] taught me so much about serving our unique student population. She also taught [me] what it means to work on a team of dedicated professionals with the best interest of the students at heart.”

“Donna is always reminding people why it is that we are here at Ohio State Mansfield. We are here for the students, and Donna is the representation of that on an everyday basis,” Dr. Gavazzi said. “Everything Donna does revolves around making the students’ experience a better experience.”

The recipients of this year’s award receive a $1,500 cash award, $700 base salary increase and a crystal trophy. The Ohio State University will also honor the award recipients during a football game against the University of Las Vegas on September 23rd.

The Ohio State University Distinguished Staff Award Information:

All part-time and full-time staff with a minimum of five years of continuous service at The Ohio State University in a regular non-faculty position may be nominated.Award recipients are selected on the merits and strengths of the following contributions:

  • Enhancing the quality of work life in ways that make a significant difference for colleagues or customers.
  • Providing outstanding and ongoing excellence in service to faculty, staff, students, community, and/or other customers.
  • Developing creative solutions to problems that result in significantly more effective and efficient department or university operations
  • Consistent demonstration of one or more of the university’s values: Excellence, Collaborating as One University, Acting with Integrity and Personal Accountability, Openness and Trust, Diversity in People and Ideas, Change and Innovation, Simplicity in Our Work, Empathy and Compassion, and Leadership.