During his investiture speech in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis spoke about 26 students who will be the inaugural members of the Presidential Leadership Society - a volunteer organization of student representatives who will host alumni and donors at presidential and University events.
A new initiative of Dr. Nellis, the Presidential Leaders will begin to build a program that supports the mission of the University and the president, share insights into the student experience, and create a bond between students and administration that will endure for years to come.
“Each of these students represent the best of what Ohio University has to offer,” says President Nellis. “They have shown strong academic integrity and a passion for experiential learning, taking advantage of the many opportunities offered here.”
Members hail from nearly every college, including diverse majors and involvements, in-state, out-of-state and international students, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as veteran and regional campus representatives. Together, they will share their unique OHIO stories, instill Bobcat pride in friends of the University, and build a legacy for those selected in the future.
Selena Walsh, Junior Communications Studies major, says of being selected, “My experience over the past three years has prepared me to support the University’s mission of being a transformative institution, where we are surrounded by other students who are passionate and proud to be Bobcats, faculty who are advancing knowledge through research and creative activity, and an administration that values the opinions of others and shared governance. I love OHIO, and I hope to be able to share that love with others through this Society.”
2017-2018 Presidential Leadership Society Members
Alec Koondel, ’18, MBA/Master of Sports Administration
Stephen McNulty, ’19, Doctor of Medicine
Hassan Nash, ’19, Master of Arts in Political Science
Tuerei Williams, ’18, Master of Education in College Student Personnel
Morgan Bivens, ’18, English – Chillicothe Campus
Monica Acon, ’18, Marketing
Amal Afyouni, ’19, Political Science
Max Annable, ’19, Spanish
Matthew Benson, ’20, Entrepreneurship
Hannah Britton, ’18, Journalism
Lily Bradley, ’18, Broadcast Journalism
Brendan Conley, ’18, Health Services Administration
Alisa Hill, ’19, Mathematics
Alvin Chaney, ’20, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Dylan Denner, ’19, Computer Engineering
Andrew Hohman, ’18, Journalism
Haley Kennedy, ’19, Psychology
Zachary Kennedy, ’19, Economics
Tracy Kondrit, ’19, Middle Childhood Education
Saide Lamparyk, ’19, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Gabriella Lopez, ’19, Biology
Sahuaro Marzlof, ’19, International Business
Chais Michael, ’19, Child & Family Studies
Helena Petrik, ’19, Finance
Allison Valeda-Maiden, ’18, Communication Studies
Selena Walsh, ’19, Communication Studies
For additional information, please go to www.ohio.edu/president/presidential-leadership-society.cfm.