Paidas Named Interim Director

August 26, 2010

PaidasHarry Paidas, co-chair of the Department of Communication and assistant to the president for community affairs and special projects at the University of Mount Union, has been named interim director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement.

Mount Union established the Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement to prepare students for careers in public service. The Center is a response to the urgent and ongoing need for additional public servants in our federal, state and local government.

“As part of our mission to prepare students for meaningful work, fulfilling lives and responsible citizenship, we are compelled to provide undergraduate students with the training, skills and experience essential to effective public sector employment,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union. “Thanks to the commitment and guidance of Ralph and Mary Regula, and the capable leadership of Harry Paidas, the Center is able to emphasize a non-partisan and applied approach to the preparation it offers our students.”

A Warren, Ohio native, Paidas is a 1974 graduate of Mount Union and a 1975 graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned a master of science in journalism degree.  Currently a full time faculty member, he served as the chief public affairs officer at Mount Union for 26 years.

Active in the Alliance community, he also serves or has served on the boards of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, Canton Stark County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, Greater Alliance Area Carnation Festival, Alliance Community Hospital Foundation Alliance Area United Way and Alliance Country Club.  He was named the 2008 Alliance Citizen of the Year for his well-established loyalty to Alliance and unselfish work for the betterment of others in the community.

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

“I believe that Harry can provide the leadership, knowledge and drive to take the Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement to the next level,” said Ralph Regula, retired U.S. Representative and 1948 graduate of Mount Union.  “His dedication to Mount Union, Alliance and surrounding communities and service in general exemplify his commitment to the principles upon which this Center was established.  I look forward to all he will be able to accomplish in the future.”

The Center also houses the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service, as well as the Dowling Mentor Program.

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