COLUMBUS, OHIO — Bob Birkenholz was the recipient of a Meritorious Service Award from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
Birkenholz is formerly of Newton but currently lives in Fort Myers, Fla. He retired in September 2018 from Ohio State and was named professor emeritus following a 42-year career dedicated to agricultural education and leadership.
He graduated from Iowa State University with a PhD (1982), MS (1978) and BS (1976), all in agricultural education. He taught at Iowa State for two years beginning in 1980 followed by 17 years at the University of Missouri.
Birkenholz came to Ohio State CFAES in 2002, assuming the role of professor and chair of what was known at the time as the Department of Human and Community Resource Development. He is credited with providing important leadership both while serving as and after stepping down from chair. As a professor, he created a new program for the department — forming the Community Leadership major and the campus-wide Leadership Studies minor in 2012.
“You can bet that Bob’s work will continue to play an essential role in the future of the department, the college, and the community as a whole. For your life-long contributions to CFAES education, we present Dr. Bob Birkenholz with a Meritorious Service Award,” presenter Adisa Aarons told 140 alumni, relatives, faculty, staff and friends during an awards luncheon hosted by CFAES March 2.