Larry Williamson Distinguished Service Award

Past winners


  • Tamira Moon '01 '04


  • Larry Williamson


Awarded biennially to an individual or organization recognized as an “Influencer of Change” for services provided to minority students through voluntary personal involvement that enriches and enhances the quality of student life at Ohio State.

Lawrence (Larry) Williamson, Jr. is the director of the Office of Minority Affairs, Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center at The Ohio State University. Mr. Williamson came to Ohio State through its Graduate Visitation Days Program. As a graduate administrative associate in OMA, Mr. Williamson worked directly under the supervision of Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. He was deeply involved with university and community events, for which he received numerous awards.

As the director, he is responsible for developing and directing educational, social, cultural, leadership and group activities on campus. Under his leadership, the Hale Center has maintained its status as one of the finest Black Cultural Centers (BCC) in the country (according to the Association of Black Cultural Centers). The Hale Center is one of the few Black Cultural Centers that has an academic and cultural component. The Hale Center is the largest employer of African American students on Ohio State's campus and in the entire country (as it relates to BCC). Mr. Williamson is also on numerous community boards of trustees, he advises a variety of student organizations, and he continues to do artwork and art consulting in Ohio.