After a more than four-decade long career at Ohio University, Clara Ledford will be retiring from OHIO’s Housing & Residence Life department in December 2017.
A celebration for Ledford’s retirement will take place on Friday, Dec. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Living Learning Center. The event is open to all staff in the Division of Student Affairs.
Ledford dedicated her career of 45 years to OHIO’s Housing department. When she joined the University in 1972, she began as an administrative support staff member managing the Mill Street and Wolff Street apartment complexes as well as helping manage the University’s Guest Housing program.
From 1984 through 2003, Ledford served as administrative assistant to the director of Housing, supporting five different directors through this time. In her current position of records management assistant, Ledford supports OHIO students through the relocating process, housing exemptions, commuter contracts, transfer credit audits and much more.
Over the past 45 years, Ledford has become a pillar in the Department of Housing & Residence Life and has helped to welcome nearly 200,000 first-year students to OHIO.
“Clara is a solid resource to all of our students and has provided excellent service to all prospective and current students,” said Jneanne Hacker, director of business operations and conference services in Housing & Residence Life. “Her warm and compassionate approach to answering questions and minimizing concerns and anxieties has resulted in countless ‘thank yous’ from prospective, current and past parents and students.”
Throughout much of her tenure, Ledford served on the department’s frontline, the first point of contact many residential students come to with questions or concerns.
“I wanted to treat everyone the same, treat every student the way I would treat my children if they came to that window and needed help, regardless of their attitude. I treated people kindly, the best way that I could,” Ledford said, reflecting on her time in that role.
Ledford’s gentle approach to student services is part of the legacy that she leaves behind, according to Executive Director of Housing & Residence Life Pete Trentacoste.
“It will not be the same coming into work without seeing Clara behind our front counter at the Housing & Residence Life office,” Trentacoste said. “She will be sorely missed by students, staff and alumni. We wish her the very best in retirement.”
In the future, Ledford plans to make more time for her passion: watching and supporting local high school sports and her OHIO Bobcat teams.
“I also plan to watch the sunrise,” she said. “It is important for me to start each day that way.”
Clara, we wish you many beautiful sunrises in your retirement. You will be greatly missed by your Ohio University and Housing & Residence Life family! –Your HRL colleagues