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President's Office Staff

To reach any member of the Office of the President staff, please call 740.593.1804.

Jennifer Kirksey

Chief of Staff

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, and a master of arts in Organizational Communication, both from Ohio University.

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Joanna Stoltzfus

Presidential Assistant

Joanna Stoltzfus joined the Office of the President in July of 2019. In her role as the Presidential Assistant, she is responsible for managing the President's calendar, travel and correspondence. She first began working for Ohio University in 2006 as a procurement specialist for Culinary Services She went on to serve as an accounting specialist for the Division of Finance before joining the Division of Student Affairs, where she held multiple positions.

Joanna, who is from the Athens area, enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors.

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Tami Erwin

Assistant to the Office of the President and First Lady

Tami Erwin joined the Office of the President in 2012. Since 2015, she has served as Assistant to the Office of the President and First Lady. Her responsibilities include managing First Lady Ruthie Nellis' calendar, supporting the Office of the President, assisting with the coordination of events, and supporting the President and First Lady as they advocate and serve as ambassadors for Ohio University's students, faculty, and staff.   

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.

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Gillian Ice, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Special Assistant to the President for Public Health Operations

Dr. Gillian Ice, a professor of social medicine at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, serves as the Special Assistant to the President for Public Health Operations.

In this role, Ice oversees non-clinical case management, coordinates the University’s response to positive COVID-19 cases, and acts as a point of contact for sharing information about public health initiatives with the University community. In addition, Ice monitors public health data in the counties where Ohio University has campuses and other business operations and acts as a liaison to regional campus teams established by Executive Dean Nicole Pennington.

Ice also leads the University’s Testing/Tracing/Quarantine Implementation Team and consults with professionals across the University, including Housing and Residence Life, Academic Planning, and Campus Care, to ensure appropriate response for students, faculty, and staff.

This OHIO News article provides additional information on Ice's role as the Special Assistant to the President for Public Health Operations.

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John T. Rogers

Director of Donor Relations and Presidential Events

John T. Rogers joined the Office of the President in August 2017 as the Associate Director for Presidential Events. In October of 2018, his role was expanded to include oversight of Donor Relations Events. In this role, John is charged with the planning and execution of events hosted by the president and first lady, as well as high-level donor engagement events. Additionally, John will oversee the Presidential Leadership Society, a high-functioning group of student volunteers who engage with alumni, donors, and community members at presidential and university events.

Prior to joining Ohio University, John managed presidential events at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., and communications and media relations at Johnson & Wales University in Denver. He holds a bachelor of science in Marketing from Johnson & Wales, and a master of science in Project Management and Organization Leadership from Regis University.

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Amy Trout

Presidential Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects Coordinator

Amy Trout joined the Office of the President in January 2019.  In this role, she coordinates and oversees special initiatives, and supports the Office of the President with the administration of ongoing programs and projects.

Prior to this role, Amy served as the Executive Assistant to three Directors of Athletics at Ohio University, assisting with day-to-day responsibilities, while working on special projects, contracts, and event planning.  She also served as a liaison between the Athletics Director and various entities on and off campus.

Amy has over 20 years of higher education experience, holds a Bachelor of Science in sport science, and a Master of Science in education and sport pedagogy, both from Ohio University.  A native of Watertown, New York, she enjoys spending time with her family.

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Nick Claussen

Executive Communication Specialist

Nick Claussen joined the Office of the President in June 2019. In his position, he assists with all aspects of communications from the Office of the President. Prior to this role, he served as a communications and marketing specialist for the Ohio University Office of Global Affairs and as an assistant to the vice provost for global affairs and international studies.

A 1992 graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, he has more than 25 years of experience in communications, including serving as a reporter, associate editor, columnist and public information officer.

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