As the university thanked Board of Trustees members for their collective and individual service, one trustee stood out Thursday night. Bob Youngblood, ’70, received the first Trustee Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his continued and generous support of his alma mater.
In presenting the award, Interim President Jim Troha said, “This award is not about money. It’s not about service. It’s about overall contributions to this institution.”
Youngblood, of Berea, currently serves as president of the Alumni Council. He works tirelessly on behalf of Heidelberg, encouraging alumni to become engaged and remain connected, and recruiting students. He’s a frequent fixture at campus and athletic events, and has a special affection for Heidelberg athletics.
“The road between Berea and Tiffin is burned by the tires of his car,” Troha said, who appropriately presented Youngblood with a gas card, an overnight stay at Tiffin’s Hampton Inn and a gift card to local eatery Carmie’s.
Youngblood, whose wife, Denise, and son, Kyle, joined him at the event, said his loyalty to Heidelberg is not borne out of a desire for recognition. “I do what I do … because I genuinely love this place. It’s about the people here who mean so much. If you’re an alum, you know.”
While visibly proud of the award, Youngblood is even more proud that his son, who has enrolled at Heidelberg, will get to experience the friendliness and family atmosphere that made a mark on him.
Troha added that in his year as interim president, one of the indelible marks left on him is the depth of commitment of Youngblood and his fellow trustees. The event, during Commencement Weekend, was designed to thank the trustees for their service. “That really comes to life in the position in which I have served these last 10-11 months,” he said. “We have a special board here. You are so unique and so energized. We want to say thank you for all you’ve done.”
The board bid a fond farewell to outgoing Trustee Dr. Roy Zinn, who is completing eight years of service on the board.
Troha concluded the evening by telling President-elect Dr. Rob Huntington, on campus for the board meeting and commencement events, “You’re in good hands.”