The 2012 Outstanding Alumnus Award was given to Guy Worley,
MA, ’91, at the Glenn School’s Welcome Home Alumni Reception.
The Glenn School presents the Outstanding Alumnus Award annually to an alumna/alumnus of the Master’s or Ph.D. programs whose strong support of the school, its academic programs and its students is highly valued.
Sen. John Glenn, as well as Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, helped present the award.
Worley, who since 2007 has served as president and chief executive officer of the Columbus Downtown Development Corp. and Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corp., earned an undergraduate degree in economics and a master’s degree in public administration from Ohio State.
He played a key role in projects such as the Scioto Mile along the riverfront and Columbus Commons, which replaced City Center.
Before joining the development corporation, Worley was county administrator for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, serving as its chief executive officer.
, MSW/MA ’10, receives the 2012 William Oxley Thompson Award at the Ohio State Alumni Award ceremony. The William Oxley Thompson Award is presented to young alumni who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career, civic involvement or both.
Smith began working with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) - Ohio Chapter as a student intern in 2007. Just three years after graduating from Ohio State’s College of Social Work, she was named the organization’s executive director.
Part of her rapid ascent stemmed from her role in passing the law against human trafficking in Ohio. She also made her mark at the Ohio Statehouse as a leading advocate for social work. In addition, Smith created programs to help other young graduates pursue similar careers in advocacy, policy and lobbying.
“Danielle’s career achievements and civic engagement personify Ohio State’s tradition of excellence,” said Cynthia Webb, NASW - Ohio’s former executive director. “She personally and professionally demonstrates social work’s core values of service, social justice, and dignity.
Smith is active in a variety of civic organizations, including the Fellowship for Emerging Women Leaders, League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus, United Way of Central Ohio, and the Women’s Leadership Council.
, MPA ’72, retired from his second career as an associate and senior finance/planning consultant at GBBN Architects after six years with the firm. His work with the global design firm was focused on creative financing, edge development in neighborhoods near colleges and universities, articles and presentations on campus edge development, and strategic business planning.
For 29 years prior to working at GBBN, McGirr was the senior vice president for Finance and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.
Starting just two months after the conversion from a City of Cincinnati university to a State of Ohio university, McGirr was a key member of the administration working to strengthen the university and transform it into a nationally recognized public research institution.
In addition to the traditional financial management roles, he led the Campus Master Plan effort starting in 1990, which has resulted in an internationally recognized campus transformation and the inclusion of the campus in the list of most beautiful campuses in the world.
He also led a transformation of six neighborhoods on the edge of the university into a vibrant district now called Uptown Cincinnati, which continues to draw private development investment and economic growth.