College honors Holdren for his passion to education in the region

Larry E. Holdren, who has been deeply involved in educational programs locally since 1969, received Marietta College's seventh annual Outstanding Education Volunteer Award Feb. 14 during the Founder's Day Convocation at the College.

Patricia A. Loreno Willis '70, Chair of the Board of Trustees, presented the award honoring Holdren for his extensive work with programs such as the Washington County and Ohio Valley Educational Service Center over the past 33 years.

Holdren, who began as a business education teacher with Belpre City Schools from 1969-72, has remained involved in various educational administrative positions at the local, regional, state and national levels.

Holdren was directly involved in promoting arts in education as a founding member of the board of directors of ARTSBRIDGE. He has served as president of Washington County Joint Vocational School for the past 10 years and served the organization since 1987. Among his other notable educational pursuits, Holdren serves on the Washington State Community College Foundation Board (2004 to present), is a National School Board Delegate for Ohio (2002 to present,) and served as president of the Ohio School Board Association in 2003.

Marietta College established the Outstanding Education Volunteer Award in 2002 to recognize a member of the Marietta community who has made a significant contribution to education at any level. The recipient will be a resident of Washington County and will not be a Marietta College employee.

Past recipients of the award include the following:

2007 - Roger Kalter, Marietta Family YMCA
2006 - David C. Barrett, International Vocational/Agricultural Educator
2005 - Ginger O’Conner, Advocate for the Disabled
2004 - Marilyn Ortt, Environmental Issues
2003 - Jim Rapp, Diversity and Aids Awareness
2002 - Alice Chapman, Ely Chapman Foundation