President's Office Staff
To reach any member of the Office of the President staff, please call 740.593.1804.
Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the President
Jennifer Kirksey joined the Office of the President in August 2005 as the Strategic Communication Advisor and Developer. In her current role as Chief of Staff, Jennifer is charged with managing the Office of the President, serving as a liaison to students, faculty, staff, and other members of our community, and working with our university community to move our strategic initiatives forward.
Since joining Ohio University in 2000, Jennifer has worked as a media specialist in University Communications and Marketing. In this role, she handled media relations, managed projects, and created and implemented strategic communication and marketing plans. Her experience also includes an extensive background in written communications. Prior to her work at Ohio University, Jennifer was with a financial communications firm in New York, N.Y., where she focused on national media relations. She holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University.
Assistant to the President for Communications
Monica Chapman joined the Office of the President in January 2013. As Assistant to the President for Communications, she is charged with developing and managing major communications for the Office of the President. Previously, Monica worked for nearly five years as a writer and editor with University Communications and Marketing, where she oversaw strategic content for the University's online news site. Her broad editorial background includes experience with organizational communications, media relations, trade publications, educational publishing and international campaign. Monica holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University.
Kelli Swart began her role as Presidential Assistant in September 2011. In her role, she serves as the executive staff assistant to the President of Ohio University. She is responsible for managing President McDavis' calendar, travel, and correspondence. Prior to joining the Office of the President, she served as Administrative Secretary in the Athletics Compliance Office; Administrative Assistant, Student Financial Assistance Office; Admissions Counselor, Admissions Office; and, most recently, Associate Director of Admissions at Marshall University. Kelli earned a Bachelor of Art in secondary education and Master of Science in adult and technical education at Marshall University.
Executive Assistant and Events Specialist
Jillian Pittman joined the Office of the President in October 2012. In her role, she serves as the Executive Assistant and Events Specialist for the President's Chief of Staff, Secretary to the Board of Trustees, and Director of Government Relations. She is responsible for managing office calendars, travel, correspondence and planning events such as Board of Trustees meetings and university-wide events. Prior to joining the Office of the President, she worked as a student in the Ohio University Legal Affairs Office, as well as taught 10th grade English at Athens High School. Jillian earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with a focus on secondary education and a Master of Education in counseling at Ohio University.
Presidential Residence and Events Assistant
Tami Erwin joined the Office of the President in 2012. As Presidential Residence and Event Assistant, her responsibilities include managing First Lady Deborah McDavis' calendar, serving as the primary contact for the Presidential Residence, and coordinating events at the Residence. Prior to her appointment in the Office of the President, she worked as an administrative assistant with the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Southeast Ohio CORE. Most recently, she served as administrative assistant in the Heritage College's Office of Admissions.