Harry Paidas Receives Citizen of the Year Award

August 12, 2008

harry.paidasHarry Paidas, vice president for public affairs and marketing at Mount Union College, was chosen as the 2008 Alliance Citizen of the Year.

The award was presented to him by Alliance Mayor Toni Middleton at the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Community Breakfast. The annual event, held at Mount Union’s Hoover Price Campus Center, honors individuals who have contributed to the betterment of Alliance.

The Citizen of the Year Award is given to an individual who has a well-established history of loyalty to Alliance and unselfishly works for the betterment of others in the community.

A voice of Mount Union since 1983, Paidas has been the leader of the College’s integrated marketing efforts. He has played a major role in the remarkable success of the College.

A Warren, Ohio native, he is a 1974 graduate of Mount Union and earned a master of science in journalism degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1975. Prior to working at Mount Union, Paidas held public relations positions with Wittenberg University, Capital University and the Mid-American Athletic Conference.

Active in the Alliance community, he is currently serving as the vice chair of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce Board and as the vice chair of the Canton Stark County Visitor’s Bureau. He also serves or has served on the boards of the Alliance Community Hospital Foundation, Alliance Country Club, Carnation Festival and Alliance Area United Way.

Paidas also serves as the chair of the One Book One Community committee, which he was instrumental in founding in Alliance in 2003. This year, he has been a driving force behind the popular Farmers’ Market, which has drawn an overwhelming number of local food shoppers to downtown Alliance.

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