Frank W. Hale Jr. Honorary Leadership Award

Past winners


  • Mac A. Stewart '73


  • Dr. Frank W. Hale Jr. 


Awarded biennially to an individual or organization with demonstrated devotion to the African American community at Ohio State; in particular, for significant involvement in projects that elevate the university and African American graduates. Demonstrated characteristics should include outstanding leadership, integrity, honor, and inspirational influence.

Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. is vice provost and professor emeritus at The Ohio State University where he served from 1971 to 1988. Hale is a graduate of the University of Nebraska where he was awarded the B.A. and M.A. in communication, political science, and English in 1950. he earned his Ph.D. in communication and political science from The Ohio State University in 1955.

Serving in higher education for 54 years, Hale has held full professorships at Central State University (Ohio), Oakwood College (Alabama) and The Ohio State University. From 1971 to 1978, he was associate dean and chairman of the Fellowship Committee of the Graduate School of The Ohio State University. He also served as special assistant to the president of Kenyon College from 1989 to 1992. He was appointed distinguished university representative and consultant in the president’s office at The Ohio State University from 1999-2005.

Dr. Hale has authored and edited eleven books and published more than 50 articles in professional journals. His most recent publication includes his biography, Angels Watching Over Me (Winston /Derek Publishing Company, 1996), his bestseller, What Makes Diversity Work in Higher Education (Stylus Publishing Company, 2004), and Black Colleges Empower Black Students: Lessons for Higher Education (Stylus Publishing Company, 2006).

As a scholar, researcher, author, teacher, administrator, consultant, and civil rights crusader, Hale was the engineer of many new initiatives at Ohio State. He founded the Graduate and Professional Schools Visitation Days Program in 1971 and its undergraduate counterpart, the Minority Scholars Program in 1982. He also founded The Ohio State Mu Xi Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Mu Honorary Society. Through his efforts, nearly $15 million in graduate fellowship awards was granted to approximately 1,200 minority students. Eighty percent of these fellowship recipients earned masters' and/or doctoral degrees. With the awarding of full-tuition scholarships through the Minority Scholars program to high school seniors, the university was able to attract a “Community of Minority Scholars” numbering more than 500 during Hale’s tenure. As a capstone to his illustrious career, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees voted him vice provost and professor emeritus, naming in his honor the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center and designated the building in which it is housed as Hale Hall. An endowed scholarship has also been established in his name at Ohio State.