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Bob Evans Farms CEO to give winter commencement address

COLUMBUS – Steven A. Davis, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Bob Evans Farms Inc., has been selected to speak at Ohio State's winter quarter commencement. Approximately 1,800 degrees will be awarded at the ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Graduates and guests can find complete information on the ceremony at http://www.osu.edu/commence/.

Before joining the company in 2006, Davis worked at Yum! Brands Inc., where he had been president of Long John Silver's and A&W All-American Food Restaurants since 2002. Previously, Davis served in a variety of operations management and other executive positions in Yum! Brands' Pizza Hut division. Before joining Pizza Hut in 1993, he was with Kraft General Foods for nine years. Earlier in his career, he held a series of brand management positions in Kraft's cheese business where he launched several successful new products and marketing campaigns.

Davis serves as a board member of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute Foundation. He is a member of the Columbus Partnership and Compete Columbus, two organizations focused on economic development for the region. He served as the 2007 chair for Operation Feed, which provides food for needy families in Central Ohio. Davis is also a board member of the National Restaurant Association and the EMBARQ Corp., a $6.5 billion telecommunications company, which provides local and long distance voice, data, high speed Internet, wireless and entertainment services.

He served as chairman of the board of Summerbridge Louisville educational assistance program from 2003 to 2006 and was a board member of Turner 12, an organization that provides assistance to lower-income children to attend college, in Dallas from 2000 to 2003. Black Enterprise Magazine 2005 named Davis as one of the 75 Most Powerful Black Men in American Business.

Davis earned an MBA in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago and a BS in business administration from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Davis and his wife, Lynnda, of 25 years have three daughters and reside in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition, during the commencement ceremony, Ohio State will award honorary degrees to Roy J. Glauber, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard University and winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics; and John G. Thompson, professor of mathematics at the University of Florida. The university will also present the Distinguished Service Award to Patricia Duke Robinson and Thomas E. Robinson of Troy, who have committed time and resources to many university projects.