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President Nellis invites students to apply for upcoming Presidential Leadership Society cohort

Application deadline is Friday, March 8, 2019 at midnight

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis shared the following message with OHIO students on Wednesday, Feb. 20 about the application process for the next cohort of the Presidential Leadership Society. 

Hello, Bobcats!

I hope you are enjoying your time on campus as the spring semester is in full-swing. As you know, the Presidential Leadership Society is a group of volunteer student-leaders who will give their time and talents to advance the priorities and initiatives of the University, Office of the President and University Advancement. Members of the Society will serve as official representatives of Ohio University at various presidential, advancement, and alumni events throughout the academic year.

Through high-level training and regular interactions with President and Mrs. Nellis and other University leadership, students will be prepared to serve as hosts for University guests at a variety of public and private functions, to support the mission of the Office of the President. Having proven their leadership abilities through service to other student organizations and involvement in campus and community activities, these loyal Bobcats will be well prepared to represent the best that OHIO has to offer. 

Example Society Activities

  • Represent the University and the president as official hosts for signature experiences with internal and external constituencies, such as: 

    • President’s Suites at Home Football Games
    • Regional Admissions Recruitment Events
    • Donor Receptions
    • Homecoming Events
    • Lecture Series and more!
  • Receive professional development training and hear from guest speakers at group meetings

Recruitment Receptions

If you would like to learn more about the Society from a current member, you may attend a come-and-go-style reception. Business casual attire recommended.

  • Mon., Feb. 25, 2019: Baker Center, 5th Floor Atrium - 5-7 p.m.   
  • Tues., Feb. 26, 2019: Baker Center, 5th Floor Atrium - 5-7 p.m.   

Please RSVP to rogersj1@ohio.edu to receive additional information.


To be considered for membership in this distinguished student group, you must be willing to meet the required time commitments and submit an online application.

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Enrollment as a full-time undergraduate student
  • The completion of at least two semesters of academic work at OHIO
  • A reference letter from an Ohio University faculty member

Please note: Application materials must be submitted online via the Presidential Leadership Society page, by the deadline: Midnight, Friday, March 8, 2019. Letters of recommendation should be delivered to John Rogers direct from the faculty member by email at rogersj1@ohio.edu or dropped off in Cutler Hall 108.

The Presidential Leadership Society selection process is highly competitive. If you are chosen from the pool of applicants to progress to the next stage, you may be invited to participate in an interview to be held between March 25 - 29, 2019 – times to be determined.  

For additional information, go to www.ohio.edu/president/presidential-leadership-society.cfm


M. Duane Nellis