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Men of the Year

Columbus State’s MAN Initiative honored seven phenomenal male students, employees and community leaders at its Man of the Year Awards at a ceremony this month.

The awards honor men who have set a great example, employees who go out of their way to help students, and students who show leadership and character. The awards honored two employees and two students, as well as two students who aided the MAN Initiative and advocated for social change.

Winners were nominated by the campus community, then submitted an application explaining what being a man means to them.


  • Paul SaltzJacksonKenneth Jackson: “Being accountable to family, friends, education goals and clients in the surrounding community, therefore doing my part to make the world a better place.”
  • Paul Saltz: “A true man has the capacity to tap into the very best of every individual he encounters, even when that person is unable to see it in themselves. A man is one who is a champion for ‘the least of these.’”


  • AkersJasonJason Woltja, training specialist at the Testing Center. “My goal from the moment I wake, till I lay down again, is to work towards being a man of integrity and character.”
  • Jeffrey Akers, coordinator of the Gahanna Regional Learning Center: “My definition of a man is found in a contemporized version of Micah 6:8, ‘He announced to you mankind what is good. And what does the Lord seek from you? Indeed, if only to make justice, and love kindness and be humble to walk with your God.’”

In addition to the Men of the Year winners, the MAN Initative honored two more students and one community member.

  • NwabunikeFosheeJohnathan Nwabunike was recognized for serving as program assistant for the MAN Initiative.
  • William “Beau” Foshee received the inaugural “Drum Major for Justice” award for advocacy for fellow brethren impacted by societal or systemic injustices.
  • Stephen Francis, manager of diversity relations with Honda of America Mfg. Inc. in Marysville, received the Napoleon Bell award.

The MAN Initiative is a mentorship program that helps build character and leadership skills for Columbus State students. It’s currently seeking members and mentors: Man Initiative.