Community Award of Distinction 2012 Winners
Washington State University Vancouver presented the Community Award of Distinction for Community Partnership to Val and Dan Ogden Nov. 8 at its annual Scholarship and Recognition Dinner.
The award for Community Partnership: Val and Dan Ogden
The award for Community Partnership is given to an individual or organization whose leadership has made a significant impact on the community. The Ogden’s have devoted their lives to the service of others and to their community. Collectively they have championed the causes of children, the mentally ill, the blind, services for low-income individuals, the right to vote, higher education, low-cost energy, environmental and recreation programs, and the empowerment of women and girls.
The Ogden’s have also made a significant impact on the Washington State University Community. Both are graduates of WSU—as are two of their three children and some of their grandchildren. Dan was a faculty member at WSU Pullman for 12 years. As a state representative, Val was instrumental in securing capital budget funding to construct the WSU Vancouver campus. She has served on the WSU Vancouver Advisory Council since 2002.
Dan, who served for many years as chair of the local Democratic Party, and Val, who served in the State House of Representatives for 12 years, established the first graduate-level endowed scholarship at WSU Vancouver. Their scholarship supports a graduate student in Public Affairs.