Ray recognized for his distinguished service to College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks honored its Landscaping Director David Ray with the Award for Distinguished Service to College of the Ozarks during Homecoming 2011.
Recipients of this award need not be an alumnus but should demonstrate extraordinary service to the institution, leadership and service to others.
"Mr. Ray is a dedicated work supervisor who has touched many lives throughout the years," said Angela Williamson, alumni affairs director. "He is a great example of someone who remains committed to the College and Alumni Association."
Ray said that one of his greatest accomplishments is developing work ethic in students while serving as a role model of Christ-like character, dependability and responsibility.
Ray graduated from Berryville High School in 1964. He then entered the military with the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, Ky. In 1967, Ray joined the Arkansas Army National Guard, where he served for 13 years as Sergeant First Class E-7.
Ray has dedicated his time and effort to College of the Ozarks for the last 23 years and has been director of the landscaping department since 2001.
At the college he has served as staff organization president, chairperson of "Good Practices and Guidelines Training" for staff supervisors, and a member of the Self-Study Committee for North Central accreditation.
His on-campus landscaping talents include a wildflower display of plants native to Missouri and the 9/11 memorial each year.
In addition, Ray coordinates the service projects for the biennial alumni event, Doc Good Day. He also provides floral arrangements for special campus events held such as banquets, convocations and homecoming.
Most recently he developed the Kranzush Garden Project, providing fresh vegetables to be used at the Keeter Center. He also coordinated the planting of maple trees for the Veterans Grove in honor of World War II veterans who have accompanied students on patriotic education travels.
The landscaping department has received several awards under Ray's leadership, including the Blossoms of Branson Beautification Award and the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Beautification Award.
Ray received The O. Wayne Rollins Work Ethic Award presented by the Honorable Caspar Weinberger and the Christ-like Character and Work Ethic Award presented by Mr. Zell Miller, former U.S. Senator of Georgia.