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Brad Myers '80 wins University's Failer Award for Service to Students

Brad Myers

As University Registrar, Brad Myers manages a staff of 85, an annual budget of six million dollars, and serves 55,000 students on the Columbus and five extended campuses. In this position and those that led to this level of responsibility, Brad has always made time to volunteer with various student groups.

His longest-term commitment has been to SPHINX, a senior honorary. As student vice president of the organization, Brad served during a year in which the all-male organization decided to admit women. A lawsuit filed by women students and resistance from some SPHINX alumni anxious to maintain the all-male tradition created unusual tension as well as a unique opportunity for Brad's personal growth as a leader. As the organization's advisor over the past ten years, Brad has worked to foster decision-making skills among a new generation of student leaders. The current and immediate past presidents of SPHINX believe Brad has succeeded. In a joint Failer Award nomination letter, they said, "he empowered us to make the most of our leadership role and embrace the experience. While he offered his advice and support, Brad made it clear that SPHINX was in our hands, as well as those of its members."

During law school, Brad noticed that professional school students had limited representation within University governance. He led a student group that solicited representation from each of the professional schools and formed what would become known today as the Inter Professional Council. During his third year of law school, Brad served as the group's president. At the invitation of then acting Dean of Students Rich Hollingsworth, Brad also researched and helped develop the University's first coordinated student handbook. At graduation, Brad was recognized with the George W. Rightmire Award for leadership and significant contributions outside the College of Law.

Brad Myers and Ryan Miller
Brad Myers (left) and SPHINX President Ryan Miller at an October meeting

Brad enjoyed both law and higher education and struggled with which path to choose following graduation. He accepted a position as coordinator of orientation for Ohio State. A third-generation attorney and former clerk in the family's Celina, Ohio law firm, he felt a legal career would be open to him should he decide to eventually pursue that option. Instead, he found a rewarding career at Ohio State that tapped into his personal strengths and allowed him to utilize his legal training.

A genuine interest in people and an undergraduate degree in psychology and counseling combined to make Brad a gifted mentor. Throughout his career, he has guided many students, fellow administrators, and those he has supervised. Brad participated in Ohio State's initial African-American Mentoring Program. Student nomination led to his being recognized as one of the program's outstanding professional mentors in 1992. Brad has drawn heavily on his experience with mentees in his service on University committees designed to improve the student experience. He has helped shape the University's position on critical issues including student health insurance, orientation planning, and AIDS policy and education. He is currently in the final stages of transforming registration from an electronic and phone-based system to an entirely web-based application – even though it means the end of his tenure as the voice of BRUTUS to students accessing the phone-based system.

Brad Myers with incoming SPHINX class
Brad Myers (top row, second from left) with incoming SPHINX class.

Brad has become an expert in areas where law and student services intersect. He has lectured at Ohio State and for a broad range of national professional associations on topics including access to and release of student record information, NCAA student-athlete requirements, legal ramifications of eliminating written signatures regarding student records, legal issues in admissions, and academic records fraud and abuse. In the community beyond Ohio State, Brad has used his counseling and legal skills to provide and/or coordinate, on a pro bono basis, various legal and support services for clients of the Columbus AIDS Task Force.

Moritz law alumna and prior winner of the University's William Oxley Thompson Award Elizabeth Watters '90 captures the essence of Brad's contributions. "Brad has touched literally thousands of students' lives -- through the organizations he has advised, orientation classes he has welcomed and initiated to the campus, and by the policies he has both upheld and developed in his administrative roles at Ohio State. Students whose lives have been touched by Brad have learned how to carry out their leadership roles within the University while at the same time learning to think for themselves and grow as individuals."

The Josephine Sitterle Failer Award for volunteer service to students will be presented to Brad at a ceremony to be held in Columbus on November 7. For ceremony details, contact Jennifer Nash at nash.34@osu.edu.