CFAES’s Gallion, Harker among Distinguished Staff Award winners

CFAES’s Jill Gallion of Ohio State ATI and Thomas Harker of the OSU South Centers were honored along with the 10 other winners of Ohio State’s 2016 Distinguished Staff Award, the university’s highest staff recognition, at a luncheon in Columbus May 6.

Gallion, an information associate, is “known as one of the most productive and highly motivated staff members,” according to Ohio State’s Human Resources department, which organizes the awards program. “She is committed to excellence and was awarded for her care and support for faculty, staff and students.” Gallion has worked at ATI in Wooster for 19 years.

Harker, a research assistant at the centers in Piketon, is “highly regarded as a teacher and mentor to students, as well as an innovator and inventor,” the Human Resources department wrote. “His inventions have been implemented in the agriculture industry, resulting in hundreds of thousands of research dollars for the South Centers.” Harker has worked at the centers for 20 years.

Jill Gallion

Each year, the Distinguished Staff Award honors 12 Ohio State staff members for their outstanding leadership, accomplishments and service to the university.

Award recipients are nominated and carefully chosen by a selection committee based on the following contributions:

  • Enhancing the quality of work life for colleagues or customers
  • Providing outstanding and ongoing service to university stakeholders
  • Developing creative solutions to increase department or university operations
  • Consistent demonstration of one or more of the university’s values

Thomas Harker

This year’s recipients were congratulated at the luncheon by Ohio State leaders including President Michael V. Drake and Sheldon Retchin, executive vice president and Wexner Medical Center CEO.

Each of the winners received a $1,500 cash award, a $700 base salary increase and a crystal trophy. They will be recognized on the field at Ohio Stadium during the Sept. 3 football game.