Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rep. Richard Adams Receives Award for Distinguished Public Service

COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) recently received the 2014 Paul E. Gillmor Lifetime Public Service Award. He was honored November 13th during the Ohio Bankers’ League Annual Meeting.

The award, established in 2006, is not granted annually, but rather is given to select individuals who are especially meritorious, often at the end of their careers. It is named after Ohio Congressman Paul Gillmor, who served the residents of the 5th District for 18 years until his death in 2007.

“I was acquainted with Paul Gillmor when he served as member and President of the Ohio Senate,” Adams said. “Mr. Gillmor later served for the United States Congress. He was a hard worker and represented his constituents well. This causes me to be thankful for the recognition of the award named in his honor. I have always attempted to emanate his qualities in my service to citizens who entrusted me with responsibility.”

Rep. Adams is currently in his third term in the Ohio House of Representatives and serves the 80th District, which includes Miami County and portions of Darke County. He will be retiring from the legislature at the end of the year. A former two-term Miami County Commissioner, Adams also has a long history in education, banking, and public service. Most notably, he served as chairman of the National Association of Community College Trustees Board and as president of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges Board. He was a trustee for Edison Community College for 18 years, acting as chairman for three years.

For his distinguished work in the community and as an educator, Representative Adams has received many awards, including the Ohio Outstanding Administrator Award from the Ohio Vocational Association and the Citizenship Award for Distinguished Service to Humanity from The Ohio State Alumni Association. He was named a member of Distinguished Alumni by The Ohio State University College of Agriculture and named a Distinguished Citizen of Troy by the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce.

He was honored with the Outstanding Community College Trustee in the United States and Canada Award by the Association of Community College Trustees. Recently, he received the 2014 Legislator of the Year from The Ohio Mortgage Bankers Association. The Richard N. Adams Educational Service Award has also been named in his honor from the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.

He and his wife, Sandy, live in Troy and have three children.

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