May 10, 2007
By George Mauzy
In honor of a student who left her indelible mark, Ohio University will dedicate the Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12.
The ceremony will take place in front of the center, which is located on the third floor of the Baker University Center.
The dedication ceremony will include personal recollections of Cunningham and a review of the intended purpose of the center. Many of Cunningham's family and friends are scheduled to attend the ceremony.
"Amanda would be very pleased to know that her name will forever be associated with student leadership development at Ohio University," said Dean of Students Terry Hogan. "She understood the important role of student leadership in the future of our world."
Cunningham, a Massillon, Ohio, native, died in an automobile accident on May 3, 2003. At the time of her death, she was president of Senior Class Council. As a student, she also served as director of university relations for Student Senate, co-chair of the Bicentennial Campaign's Student Campaign Committee and as a member of Kappa Phi and the University Planning and Advisory Council.
The university posthumously awarded Cunningham a bachelor's degree in business administration and named her the Outstanding Senior Leader.
The new 2,500-square-foot leadership center was created to support the members of the university's 350 campus organizations by providing state-of-the-art work and meeting spaces, on-site peer advising, access to high-end technology, professional leadership training and storage space.
"I knew Amanda well," said former Ohio University President Robert Glidden. "She was an extraordinary person who was a born leader. She was unselfish, task-oriented and overall, just an incredible woman."
The Ohio University Board of Trustees approved the naming of the leadership center in honor of the fallen student in December 2004.
"It is indeed most fitting that the new leadership center in the Baker Center is named in her honor," Glidden said. "She was an exemplar."