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The Kriles Honor Student Leaders at Ohio University Lancaster Campus|Pickerington Center

By Mandi Custer | Oct 21, 2012

You could say that Angela Hazlett Krile (BSJ ’97) and her husband Greg Krile (BSED ’98) were born to lead.

Angela says her Greek Life student leadership experience as an Ohio University student inspires her to this day. The Kriles value student leadership as an important characteristic in the development of future Fairfield County, Ohio community leaders.  When thinking about making a gift to The Promise Lives: The Campaign for the Lancaster Campus|Pickerington Center, Angela and Greg knew they wanted to support student leaders in Fairfield County. 

For the past two years, the Lancaster Campus|Pickerington Center has recognized student leaders each month through the “Student of the Month” program. But the Campus didn’t have an annual award to recognize one outstanding student leader.  Channeling their passion for leadership, the Kriles established the OUL Krile Family Student Leadership Award as their Campaign contribution.

"College was such a significant time in our lives," said Angela. "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 for inspiring others."

Angela gained recognition for her natural leadership talents and received the Outstanding New Member Award for the Greek system in 1994 and the Margaret Deppen Award for Outstanding Greek Leadership the year she graduated.

Greg started his college career on the Lancaster Campus where he received the Charles Kilburger Scholarship (currently the only privately-funded, full-ride scholarship at Ohio University Lancaster Campus|Pickerington Center). He later transferred to the Athens Campus where he reconnected with Angela, a Sugar Grove, Ohio, native like himself. They began dating and married in 2005.  They live in Lancaster, Ohio.

Greg is a math teacher at Lancaster High School and Angela is the founder and president of Krile Communications, based in Lancaster. She is a member of the Campaign Steering Committee and the Ohio University Lancaster Campus|Pickerington Center Coordinating Council.

Todd McCullough, a double major in Applied Management and Communication, was the first student to receive the award in September, 2012.

His story is one of triumph and determination.  McCullough dropped out of high school his senior year in 2000 and began working at a manufacturing facility in Columbus, Ohio. When the facility closed and 700 people lost their jobs, he went back to school. He quickly blossomed at the Lancaster Campus|Pickerington Center and became involved in student organizations. To date, he has been president of Phi Theta Kappa, an honors society on campus, and Adults Belong in College, a student group.  He will graduate with two bachelor’s degrees and will receive academic honors in spring, 2013.

In his acceptance speech, McCullough recognized the Kriles for their leadership when they were students and for establishing the award. He quoted Angela’s code of ethics for her company that she wrote while a student at OHIO: professionalism and hard work, integrity, and balance, which Angela considers to be the backbone of Krile Communications. McCullough said that as a communication major, he has followed Angela’s work and the award holds a very special meaning for him.

"Sometimes life doesn't work out the perfect way. It doesn't always follow the set script," he said.  "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."