Program officer honored with Spirit Award from Oakland University

Program officer honored with Spirit Award from OU

Program officer Robert Thornton will be honored Thursday at the Oakland University Alumni Awards banquet with the Spirit Award for outstanding service to the university.

The awards recognize OU alumni for achievements in business, community service, volunteerism and more.

Thornton graduated from Oakland University in 1977 from the school of Communications, Arts and Sciences. He is being honored alongside his brother, Anthony Thornton, a 1976 graduate of the same school.

Thornton works as a program officer on the Good Neighborhoods team. Earlier this year, he was named a 2012 Man of Excellence by the Michigan Chronicle.

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods – Brightmoor, Osborn, Cody Rouge, Chadsey Condon, Northend Central Woodward and Southwest Detroit Neighborhoods – and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.