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MCCF Director Honored

David Mitzel was honored by The OSU Alumni Club of Muskingum County as the Outstanding Friend of OSUACMC. The recipient of the Outstanding Friend of OSUACMC Award is not required to be a graduate of Ohio State and is selected on the basis of submitted written nominations which present information in support of the candidate, giving consideration to criteria which emphasize participation in events and activities of The OSU Alumni Club of Muskingum County, distinguished professional or work experience and public service, and service and support to The Ohio State University.

David Mitzel is the founding and current Executive Director of the Muskingum County Community Foundation (MCCF), cited as the model for community foundation development. MCCF now has more than $21 million in assets and has contributed more than $11 million to the community since its first distributions in 1989. Mitzel holds a B.A. cum laude in Honors History from Williams College, an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University. He previously served as an administrator at George Washington University and Ohio University where he was the founding vice president of the Ohio Continuing Higher Education Association.

Mitzel and MCCF have provided outstanding support of The OSU Alumni Club of Muskingum County by regularly contributing to the club's projects and ongoing activities. For the past 7 years all meetings of the OSUACMC Board of Directors and Scholarship Committee have been held in the MCCF board room and the club has been provided access to various materials and equipment which have greatly contributed to the success of the club's operation and its special events.

Mitzel is the editor of the text, Resource Development in the Two-Year College, published by the National Council for Resource Development which he served as a Director and Vice President. In 2002, he co-authored the book Artistry, Community, and Legacy with the late Ray Thomas, the Founding President of the Muskingum County Community Foundation. He has served as a Founding Director of the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations; President of the Hills of Ohio Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE); and on the Steering Committee that formed the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. He is a past Trustee of the Donors Forum of Ohio and its successor, the Ohio Grantmakers Forum, the regional association of grantmakers serving the state of Ohio. He has served for more than twenty years on the Forum's Community Foundations Committee. Mitzel is also a member of the Midwest Community Foundation Ventures (MCFV) Board which represents community foundations in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.

Mitzel's interest in local history led him to membership in and presidency of the Putnam Historic Association and membership in the Putnam Preservation Group. Historic properties owned by Mitzel have included the Alvah Buckingham House (1820) and Pioneer School (1915), where until recently he and his wife Katherine resided.

Founder of Leadership Muskingum, a community leadership program, Mitzel recently acted as fundraising counsel for a successful campaign that raised more than $5 million for the new Muskingum Recreation Center. Mitzel's next major project is the Contemporary Ceramic Competition to be held in October 2014. The $20,000 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics will be the largest best of show prize in ceramics in the Western Hemisphere.

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