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By Jeannine Kennedy
The arts have played a major role in Jeannine Kennedy’s life. Now executive director of the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts in New Philadelphia, from 1973 to 2003, she was a teacher and chairperson of the Arts Department for the Dover City Schools.
A resident of Dover, she is an adjunct Kent State University faculty members. She served as regional director of the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition from 1986 to 2004.
Her professional affiliations include the Ohio Art Education Association, the Ohio and Tuscarawas County Retired Teachers associations and the Ohio School Board Association.
She is a member and past president of the Dover Board of Education. Her involvement in the community also include the Dover Education Foundation, of which she is a trustee; College Club of Tuscarawas County; Rotary International, of which she is president elect; and a member of the steering committee of the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at
Tuscarawas. She also is an active member of St. Joseph Church in Dover.
Among the awards she has received are the Kent State Tuscarawas Distinguished Career Award 2005, the Kent State Tuscarawas Community Service Award 2010, the Community Arts Council’s “Friend of the Arts” Award 2010, and the Ohio Art Education Association Outstanding Art Educator Award, 1980. She also was a winner of the Ohio Governor's Award of Excellence in Teaching in 1979, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2003; and the Scholastic's National Award of Excellence in Teaching in 1979, 1996 and 2001. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, and did post-baccalaureate work at Kent State University (including two semesters of study abroad), The University of Akron, Ashland University, University of Dayton, Savannah College of Art and Design and LaSalle University.