LIMA — Dr. John Snyder received the Mercy Club Award on Monday for his humanitarian services to the community.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this award. This is a wonderful organization to support,” Snyder said. “We are our brother’s keeper and we have an obligation to help out where we can.”
The 41st Mercy Award was presented to Dr. Snyder by Ronda Lehman, Mercy Health-Lima Market president. It is presented to someone who who has had a significant impact and contributed greatly to to the community, according to Sara Ambroza, annual programs coordinator of Mercy Health Foundation-Greater Lima. The philanthropic efforts not only go toward Mercy Health, but extend beyond that, according to Jacqueline Daley-Perrin, Mercy Health Foundation of Greater Lima president.
During his tenure as dean and director of The Ohio State University at Lima, Dr. Snyder developed academic programs, enhanced the student experience, built facilities and fostered numerous dynamic and fruitful community partnerships. He shepherded the development of coursework for four new curricula: baccalaureate programs in dental hygiene, RN to BSN, theatre, social work and health sciences management. Dr. Snyder also inaugurated an undergraduate research mentorship program as well as an annual forum for research-engaged students to showcase their findings.
Primarily a commuter campus, the student enrollment increased from 1,145 in 2005 to 1,540 in 2010. He also coordinated the building of off-campus student housing, expanding Ohio State Lima’s reach from its traditional 10-county area to 47 counties today.
Dr. Snyder can still be found on campus teaching in the field of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences.
Nationally, Dr. Snyder is very involved in his field of research and teaching. He serves on boards for the Clinical Laboratory Management Association and the American Society for Clinical Pathology, where he received the Outstanding Service Award for the Board of Registry in 1996 and the Member Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Off campus, Dr. Snyder is involved with several civic boards in the Lima community.
The program was attended by 180 people.
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