Bobby Moser, who served as CFAES dean and vice president of agricultural administration for more than 20 years, was honored with the university's Distinguished Service Award at Spring commencement.
"Dr. Moser represented our university with unparalleled distinction in communities throughout Ohio, across the nation and around the world," said President Michael V. Drake. "It is a privilege to honor his extraordinary commitment to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences – and to recognize his contributions to some of the most pressing food security and sustainability challenges of our time."
The Distinguished Service Award was established by the Board of Trustees in 1952 to recognize individuals who have rendered exceptional service to the university. President Bevis recommended that the university present an award of similar magnitude to an honorary degree, to recognize people who have provided exceptional service to Ohio State. From the beginning, the receipt of this award was intended to be a matter of real distinction, with a limited number of recipients recognized at Commencement.
Awards are not made on the basis of long, faithful, or loyal service alone, but rather for service that is truly distinguished. Recipients of this award have provided a broad spectrum of services to the university in both official and unofficial capacities.
The university community is invited to nominate individuals for the award. The distinguished service award may be rendered on or off campus, by people who are officially connected or not so connected to the university. A committee reviews and discusses the nominations. Current committee members represent a range of perspectives - alumni, past DSA recipients, faculty, administrators, and distinguished staff - as well as a range of administrative areas across the university including the medical center.