Dave Lieberth has worn many hats in Akron, from award-winning journalist and attorney, to deputy mayor and historian.
The Salvation Army of Summit County will honor Lieberth with the Community Medal Award at the organization’s luncheon and Red Kettle Kickoff, Friday. Nov. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. George Fellowship Hall, 3204 Ridgewood Road, in Fairlawn.
“Our Community Medal Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact in the Greater Akron community through professional and volunteer work,” said Salvation Army Area Coordinator, Major Kevin E. Jackson. “Dave Lieberth has been one of the most-recognized voices in—and for—Greater Akron for four decades and truly is worthy of this honor.”
For 10 years, Lieberth served as the city’s Deputy Mayor and was Chief of Staff for Mayor Don Plusquellic. He spent 35 years in the private sector as a reporter and news director, and was a practicing lawyer for 25 years, earning the Akron Bar Association’s Sir Thomas More Award.
Lieberth was instrumental in the development of downtown Akron over the last decade. He was primarily responsible for the success of Lock 3 and Lock 4, the city’s entertainment venues. He chaired Akron’s successful efforts in 1995 and 2008 to be selected as an “All-America City.”
As a reporter and radio news director, Lieberth received state and national journalism awards. His published articles on cameras in the courtroom spurred the Supreme Court’s decision to open Ohio courtrooms to television. He was a national trustee of the Society of Professional Journalists, and was honored with the John S. Knight Award from the local chapter.
Lieberth also was the founding president of Inventure Place and led the group that attracted the National Inventors Hall of Fame to Akron, and produced its Induction Ceremonies for seven years. He produced the opening ceremonies for Inventure Place (1995), the John S. Knight Center (1994), Canal Park (1997), and Akron’s initial First Night (1997.)
His community activities reflect a diversity of interests. He served as a director of Summa Health System for 16 years. He has chaired the boards of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority and University of Akron Law School Alumni Association. He has served as a trustee of Akron Community Foundation and the Children Services Board, and he convened the first Summit Meeting of all agencies dealing with children’s issues, which continues today.
Presently, he serves on the boards of Summa Health System Hospitals, the Akron-Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Akron Partnership, Akron Symphony, Akron Zoo, LeBron James Family Foundation Advisory Board and Groundworks Dance Theatre. In 2014, he was elected chairman of the board of the Summit County Historical Society.
He received the H. Peter Burg Community Leadership Award from the American Red Cross in 2013. Leadership Akron honored him with its first Community Vision Award in November, 2012. He received the University of Akron’s Alumni Honor Award and in 2005, was honored by the Akron-Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau with its Chairman’s Award for his contributions to enhancing Greater Akron as a tourism destination.
Lieberth graduated from the University of Akron and received a master’s degree in Television & Radio from Syracuse University. He is a graduate of the School of Law of the University of Akron where he also taught as a member of the adjunct faculty.
He has been married 44 years to Lynne. They have two daughters: Kate, who teaches dance in Akron after a 15-year professional career, and Emma, who is the state liaison for the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C.
St. George Fellowship Centre is located at 3204 Ridgewood Road in Fairlawn. Tables of eight are $500 and individual seats are $75. Make a reservation by calling (330) 434-7324 or (330) 434-7110 by Oct. 30.
For info, visit www.salvationarmyakron.org or call (330) 762-8481.