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About the Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA)

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Our Vision

Supporting Professional Faculty to better serve OSU.


Our Mission

Providing OSU Professional Faculty with collaboration, mentoring and leadership opportunities.


Our Hero Award

award ceremony

Troy Snow, senior assistant director of Recreation Operations and Student Initiatives at Recreational Sports, has been named the Professional Faculty Leadership Association’s April 2017 ‘Our Hero.’

He was presented with a plaque and an ‘Our Hero’ mug by PFLA representatives.

Snow’s nominator said that whether it was a short, one-time request, or recurring complex need, Snow is the first to respond with expertise and care. He is also someone who demands conscientious engagement from his employees.

“One will quickly recognize and appreciate that his demand for excellence is driven by a commitment to develop work discipline in his students that will set them up for success in future jobs,” his nominator wrote.

“Troy’s students are commonly the first on-scene for incidents and accidents.  While a small percentage of sports/ activity injuries demand advanced care, staff did make 80 calls to 9-1-1 emergency last year,” his nominator wrote. “Prompted by radio communications, Troy is quick to run to the support of his team, lending them courage to employ their first responder training.”

Snow established an opt-in professional-development process that regularly connects students with guest speakers around leadership topics.  In addition, he created a mentoring program that strategically matches administrative staff with experienced students, and experienced students with new student hires around the pursuit of personal and professional goals.

“It takes an exceptional person to motivate me to create and submit such a nomination,” his nominator wrote. “Troy Snow is that exceptional motivation for me.”

~ Theresa Hogue, Life@OSU


Do you know someone at OSU who deserves hero status? The individual who makes the extra effort, who steps in to assist without being asked or puts forth the effort in a moment to make your day?  Here is your opportunity to recognize and celebrate their greatness. The Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) is seeking nominations for the Our Hero Award.  PFLA membership is not required by either you (the Nominator) or your Hero (the Nominee).   Let us help you celebrate the everyday Hero in your OSU world. Nominating your hero is easy, so visit the PFLA Our Hero webpage today.

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