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Greg and Angela Krile with Dean Jim Smith and Todd McCullough

Photographer: Martin Barker

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Todd McCullough receives award from Greg Krile.

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First Krile Family Student Leadership Award given at Lancaster Campus


Todd McCullough of Lancaster is the first winner of the Ohio University Lancaster Krile Family Student Leadership Award. The 30-year-old is pursuing a bachelor's of science in Applied Management degree and an Organizational Communication degree at Ohio University Lancaster.

"I am so honored to get this award," said McCullough. "It's great and it really fulfills you for all the work you have done, but at the same time, you wonder how you can live up to this."

McCullough was given the honor at the Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center Annual Scholarship Recognition Banquet on Sept.12. The Krile Family Student Leadership Award was established with a monetary gift from Greg and Angela Krile of Lancaster, Ohio.  

Both are alumni of Ohio University. Greg Krile is a math teacher at Lancaster High School. Angela Krile is the founder and president of Krile Communications, based in Lancaster. Student leadership is something the Kriles value and feel is important in the development of future leaders in our community.

"College was such a significant time in our lives," said Angela Krile, before presenting the award. "Both Greg and I learned who we were and what we were truly capable of during our time at Ohio University…It wasn't just what we learned in the classroom, but also out of the classroom through our involvement in student activities that helped shaped our future. We wanted to do something to honor students for their leadership and inspiration of others."

McCullough has been attending the Lancaster campus for four years. McCullough dropped out of high school during his senior year in 2000 and ended up working at a manufacturing facility in Columbus. He came back to school after the facility closed and 700 people lost their jobs.

"I decided to go back to school and because I had not been successful at school before, it scared me," said McCullough.

But at Ohio University Lancaster, McCullough quickly learned that he could succeed and started to become involved in student organizations on campus. He has been president of Phi Theta Kappa, an honors society on campus, and the student group, Adults Belong in College.

"Everywhere I went, people started offering me opportunities and I decided I didn't want to turn any of them down. So, here I am," said McCullough.

The double major will graduate this spring and hopes to use his degrees to get a job in Lancaster. He is married with a four-year old son. McCullough hopes his son can learn from all that he has gone through.

"Sometimes life doesn't work out the perfect way. It doesn't always follow the set script," said McCullough. "But, even if it doesn't, you can still move forward and not only make the best of a situation. But, make your situation better."

The Krile Family Student Leadership Award gift counts as part of The Promise Lives Campaign for Ohio University, which has raised $407 million toward its goal of $450 million by 2015 in support of students, faculty, programs, facilities and community partnerships.

On the Lancaster Campus, the goal is to raise $3.5 million in order to expand educational opportunities that spur business growth in Fairfield County. The campus already has secured $2 million in support toward the Campaign.

To learn more about The Promise Lives Campaign or to make a donation, visit www.ohio.edu/lancaster or contact Mandi Custer at custera@ohio.edu or 740-654-6711 ext. 234.