Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Obie Ford III has received the 2021 Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

NADOHE seeks to lead higher education toward inclusive excellence through institutional transformation. The Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves in higher education through a robust record of consistent service for inclusive excellence; exercising innovative and courageous leadership; serving as a visionary in the field; and exemplifying the philosophy, principles and practices of NADOHE; contributing substantially to diversity and inclusive excellence in higher education.

Named in memory of Frank W. Hale, Jr., former vice provost for minority affairs and professor at The Ohio State University, and former president of Oakwood University, who is remembered as a tireless crusader for diversity in higher education for 54 years and leaves behind a distinguished legacy in higher education.