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Professor Travalio Honored for Distinguished Service
The award recognizes individuals who have rendered truly exceptional service to the University
March 5, 2007
Professor Gregory A. Travalio is congratulated by President Karen A. Holbrook (left) and Dean Nancy H. Rogers
University President Karen Holbrook revealed that Lawrence D. Stanley Professor of Law Gregory M. Travalio will receive the Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service in April. The occasion was the faculty and staff holiday party and the response was an extended standing ovation for a colleague who is an exemplar of the University’s motto, "Education for Citizenship."
The Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service recognizes individuals who have rendered truly exceptional service to the University. For more than 28 years, Professor Travalio has distinguished himself in performing the duties and mastering the responsibilities that come with being a member of the Moritz and broader university communities.
Balancing the demands of teaching, scholarship, Moritz leadership commitments and a decades-long reserve career with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps did not prevent Professor Travalio from exceptional university service.
Professor Travalio has served as alternate and faculty representative to the University Senate, served on the Board of Directors of both the Ohio Ag Law Institute and OSU Faculty/Staff Assistance Program. At the request of the university president, Professor Travalio chaired a special committee on "Where Tenure Resides." He has also chaired the university’s Legislative Affairs, University Rules, and Fiscal Committees.
Professor Travalio celebrates announcement with his wife Barb, and daughter Sarah
The secret of his success is best characterized by political science Professor Emeritus Herb Asher who served alongside Professor Travalio in university governance, "He is a genuine citizen of the university whose collegial demeanor makes him very effective in bringing people together in any setting. He is a fair person who espouses his own views very effectively even as he is respectful of the opinions of others."
An accomplished and dedicated teacher, Professor Travalio was named outstanding professor in 2005 and honored with the Procter & Gamble Faculty Excellence Award in Corporate and Commercial Law in 1998. His scholarly accomplishments include books and numerous law review and specialty publication articles. He is frequently tapped to present papers, lecture, and serve on panels in the U.S. and abroad.
In addition to serving as Associate Dean for both Deans Beytagh and Rogers and directing the college’s clinical programs, Professor Travalio has twice chaired both the college's administration and academic affairs committees. He has also chaired the appointments committee, twice directed the summer law program at Oxford and twice directed law library director searches.
Summarizing that service, colleague Allan Samansky says, "The University has called on Professor Travalio to lend his energy, intellect and judgment in times of need. Professor Travalio has responded gladly and untiringly."