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Late VisCom Director Emeritus Chuck Scott given Congressional Recognition

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Ohio University Scripps College of Communication Visual Communication Director Emeritus Chuck Scott, who passed away Nov. 20, 2015, was recognized by Hon. Steve Stivers of the Ohio House of Representatives on Dec. 2.

“Chuck Scott was a pioneer and innovator in charting the course for how visual communication could grow as a field of study for students passionate about visual storytelling,” said Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth. “His vision and commitment to the field established Ohio University as the leading institution for studying visual communication, and provided a blueprint for other programs to follow.”

Scott, who earned acclaim as a photographer and picture editor for such newspapers as the Milwaukee Journal, the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Tribune, won more than 100 awards over the course of his 55-year career. In 1976, Scott returned to Ohio University and helped to spearhead the visual communication program. In 1986, the School of Visual Communication was founded and named a Program of Excellence by the Ohio Board of Regents. Scott served as director until his retirement at age 78.

“Chuck’s legacy is honored in the statement of Congressman Stivers, and will continue to evolve with the success of the School of Visual Communication into the future,” Titsworth said. “We are so thankful for Chuck’s commitment to students, his vision, and his leadership.”

Since 2011, Stivers has served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 15th congressional district and also served in the Ohio Senate from January 2003 to December 2008. He is a member of the Republican party and is a Colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard.

In recognizing Scott, Stivers said, “There is no doubt of the enormous contribution Chuck Scott has made to the photojournalism industry and the tremendous impact he had on Ohio University and especially, his students.”