Wolford honored for commitment to research, outreach

A longtime advocate of university research and outreach has received the Alumni Award of Distinction from Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology.

Gwen Wolford, director of government affairs for CFAES, works with policy makers to influence laws and decisions affecting research and OSU Extension. She received the honor April 22 at the college’s annual alumni awards ceremony.

“Perhaps her greatest asset is that of a communicator to public officials who have faith and trust in what she says,” said Larry Long, former executive director of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.  

Wolford is credited with helping save research funds and Extension education programs in the wake of the recession in 2008, when county funding was cut drastically.

“Gwen has contributed to the infrastructure that makes (Ohio State) one of the foremost land-grant research and teaching institutions in the U.S.,” Long said.