Presidential Leadership Society
About the Presidential Leaders
When he became Ohio University’s 21st president, President Nellis quickly recognized that Ohio University’s excellence is most apparent through its students and thus, the Presidential Leadership Society was formed. This group of student ambassadors serve as official representatives of Ohio University and the Office of the President at various presidential events throughout the academic year.
The Presidential Leaders are an elite society of student volunteers who give their time and talents to advance the priorities and initiatives of President Nellis. These premiere students are loyal Bobcats and role models who represent the very best Ohio University has to offer. Students apply to serve for one-year terms and must re-apply at the end of each term for consideration.
What Does A Presidential Leader Do?
EARN more about the mission, vision, history and interworking of Ohio University
E NGAGE with faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and friends of OHIO
A SSIST the Office of the President in furthering President Nellis’ strategic initiatives
D ETAIL the student experience to various constituents and polish public speaking skills
E LEVATE the reputation of OHIO by showcasing the tremendous talent of its students
R EPRESENT Ohio University and President Nellis at special events on and off campus
"During my first year in graduate school, I built relationships with professors, administrators, and fellow graduate students inside and outside the Sports Management program. Through my involvement in Graduate Student Senate, I began to see the bigger picture of higher education, as a whole, and the complexities and dynamics that college athletics has within an institution."
"As an instructor in the Air Force, I changed the trajectory of operations by changing the way that my students thought and operated on the aircraft, as we flew. I was able to positively affect the mission by reinforcing the guidelines set for by the United States military."
"As a medical student, we engage with people daily. Currently, I am working on developing my medical leadership in Spanish and have been granted a full scholarship to the Canopy Medical Spanish Language Program. My hope in the future is to build and operate a clinic in Indonesia to meet the needs of an underserved population."
"I am passionate about creating an inclusive and safe environment, the importance of social justice education. Advising undergraduate students, and learning about their families, passions, and extra-curricular involvements, allowed me to figure out where my passions lie."
Presidential Regional Leader
"Being a tutor has allowed me to build professional and social relationships with students on the campus. I have been supported and encouraged consistently by everyone I have encountered. Each experience leaves me in amazement at the dedication to helping students learn."
"As an international student, an Asian woman by race, but Hispanic by culture, I think of Athens as my second home. I have had experiences throughout campus and in the Athens community that have empowered me to guide others - to encourage community service and self-fulfillment."
"Being a part of many professional organizations at Ohio University, such as Student Senate and Global Ambassadors, has allowed me to build connections with members of the administration, faculty, and students. These connections and relationships have assisted me in excelling, both in my academics and in my personl life."
"I have been very lucky to study abroad during my time at Ohio University, and these experiences in Mexico, Peru, Spain, and Brazil gave me the confidence, language skills, and eagerness to learn and explore more."
"As a freshman at OU, I was privileged to meet some extremely intelligent and ambitious young entrepreneurs. In partnership with some of these individuals, I was able to create and run a software company that allowed me to grow more than I have ever experienced."
"Being involved in such organizations as The Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and The Golden Key Honors Society has allowed me to set goals of enriching the lives of students through programming, community service, and social events that bring people from different backgrounds together."
"The Margaret Boyd Scholars program has been a shining and defining light in my life since I first stepped foot on the OU campus. It has taught me what it truly means to be an engaged, confident, and connected leader in all aspects of my life. I learned to stand up for what I believe in and not back down in the face of adversity."
"Through giving back to my community and broadening my world view, I have been able to help those in need at Ohio University, as well as the City of Athens, while volunteering at the United Campus Ministry. It has given me the opportunity to create for good."
"Being president of Ohio University's Society of Health Administration has helped me learn how to properly represent a group of individuals to make sure their voices are heard. Knowing that I can continue to promote an environment where everyone feels welcome and included is something I'm proud of."
"In my classes, I'm learning about relevant material that I can apply to my life and what is going on in our society, such as in my Food Studies course, which discusses how our choices of what we put on our plate has deeper social, cultural, and economic meaning."
"As the national director of NASA's 217 member intern organization, I am able to provide professional development, leadership training, as well as challenge myself to lead a diverse and passionate group of individuals."
"At my internship with the Dallas Cowboys, several Ohio University alumni were excited to connect me with people around the country who could help me find my next internship opportunity. It's common to help someone find their next job, but it's different when done Bobcat to Bobcat."
"As a Voinovich Scholar, I worked on a project evaluating scholarship support for engineering students who come from Appalachia. This project helped me realize how passionate I am about helping those who struggle, and try to improve the experience for other Appalachian students."
"Being involved in student organizations has had such a substantial impact in defining my character, as well as given me a platform to perform public service in a very meaningful way."
"As a Cutler Scholar, I have been able to complete two enrichment experiences: seven weeks volunteering as a teacher in Gahana, and a study abroad semester in Finland that I designed all by myself. Through these experiences, I was surrounded by passionate, driven, enthusiastic individuals who I'm confident will change the world; and perhaps more importantly, it's taught me that I want to be one of them."
"I appreciate the intamacy of interacting with small groups of people. As a Student Alumni Board member, I have the opportunity to engage with alumni and donors, interact with one another, and learn more about each other. This forms a special bond over our various interests, aspirations, and hobbies."
"Studying abroad in Thailand allowed me to experience a new culture, and to be able to share my passion with others. I was able to learn in a new environment, expand my knowledge, and step out of my comfort zone. I wouldn't have had this opportunity without Ohio University."
"My peers, my co-workers, and my faculty have always been there to support me in every way imaginable, and have motivated me to continue to better myself, and to give back to my school and my community."
"The Division of Student Affairs as a whole has helped shape me into the person I am today, and I am forever grateful. I have become a better person from everything I have experience - my job, my awards, the organizations I am involved in, and even my academic coursework."
"During my study abroad experience in Toledo, Spain, I lived with a host family and attended classes at a local university entirely in Spanish. I was surrounded by foreign cultures and embraced every opportunity I had to learn others' way of living. It is truly incredible what you can learn in your day-to-day interactions in the most unlikely of places."
"My willingness to try new things led me to become a part of numerous student organizations, ranging from feminist groups to cooking clubs to the sailing team. Meeting people from diverse backgrounds and getting involved in a plethora of groups has dramatically expanded my worldview and perspective."
"As an OHIO tourguide, I have had the unique and pleasurable opportunity to regularly interact with prospective students and their families, and introduce them to the amazing community I have come to call my home."
For more information, please contact John T. Rogers, Associate Director for Presidential Events, and advisor to the Presidential Leadership Society, at (740) 593-2569 or firstname.lastname@example.org.