The award recognizes the recipient for their outstanding service to the Linn, Benton and Lincoln county regions.
Hamann was nominated by Albany Mayor and OCWCOG Board Chair Sharon Konopa for his work at local, state and national levels to reduce barriers and increase access to education, his support of student success and completion, and his work with community development and community engagement.
"As the chair of COG's board, it was a pleasure to choose a citizen for the award within our three-county region," said Konopa. "Many citizens stood out in my mind for this award. When I thought of Dr. Greg Hamann, he rose to the top of my list. I have enjoyed working with Greg since he came to LBCC, and his vision for our region clearly shines by collaborating education with employers to strengthen our regional economy."
"There are at least a dozen others whose contributions merit this award, and I know of at least a dozen others who have supported me and made possible whatever I have been able to contribute," said Hamann on receiving the award. "To all of these people I express my sincere thanks. I am humbled and so very grateful to be counted among you, believing that the whole purpose of this award is to recognize the collective contributions that so many of us make to help make our communities better places to live and to work."
Hamann has served as LBCC’s sixth president since February 2010, and serves on a number of local, state and national boards and committees including the Quality Education Commission, the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, Albany Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Valley Mid-Coast Partnership, American Association of Community Colleges, Governor's Re-Entry Council, and the National Coalition of Certification Centers.