2008 Award

Ohio Valley University in Vienna, is the recipient of the 4th annual Governor's Red Wagon Award. In 2007, OVU became the first institution of higher education in West Virginia to partner with West Virginia's Promise to further support positive youth development through the Five Promises, reaching out to provide youth with Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, An Effective Education and an Opportunity to Help Others.

Through 23 different activities OVU involves over 1000 volunteers reaching over 7000 children, youth and families.

VIENNA, WV – West Virginia’s First Lady Gayle Manchin recently honored Ohio Valley University with a 2008 West Virginia Governor’s Red Wagon Award for its outstanding vision, dedication, and commitment to children and youth. Mrs. Manchin and WV Promise Director Pam Dugan presented a miniature red wagon to OVU representatives during a banquet ceremony July 16th in Charleston, W.Va. “The goals of West Virginia’s Promise are natural extensions of Ohio Valley University’s mission to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community that integrates higher learning, biblical faith and service to God and humanity,” OVU President Dr. James A. Johnson said. “Since partnering with West Virginia’s Promise, a number of existing efforts were retargeted to serve West Virginia’s Promise and additional initiatives were added.” In 2007, OVU became the first higher education institution in West Virginia to partner with West Virginia’s Promise for its ongoing commitment to support positive youth development in West Virginia. http://www.ovu.edu/base.cfm?page_id=4330