3/18/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Sue Heimann, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Ashland University, has announced her plans to retire May 31, 2015, which is the end of the school’s academic year.
Heimann, who has been a part of Ashland University for 36 years, said this was a difficult decision, but one that was made because of her family and her confidence in Ashland’s future.
“It’s time to now focus on family. I’ve been blessed to serve Ashland University students. My greatest joy has been to help students become more than they ever imagined,” Heimann said. “And with the leadership of Interim President Bill Crothers and the extensive engagement of the AU community in the prioritization process by the Board of Trustees, the foundation has been laid for Ashland University’s future to be extraordinary.”
Heimann has served in her current position as vice president since 2000. In this role, her efforts have focused on enhancing student learning outside of the classroom, academic achievement and graduation rates. She works with staff in the areas of athletics, career services, community service, commuter services, counseling, diversity, Greek life, international student services, health center, leadership, mail center, orientation, religious life, recreational services, residence life, safety services, student conduct, student activities and Title IX.
Heimann joined the then Ashland College in 1979 as a residence hall director. Through the years she served as coordinator of women’s residence halls, orientation chair, assistant director and director of housing, director of career planning and placement, assistant and associate dean of students, and most recently dean of students and vice president for student affairs.
Her service to others has extended beyond the University. She is the past director of the state and international divisions for the American College Personnel Association and past president of the Ohio College Personnel Association, the Ohio Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Ohio Association for Women in Education.
Her dedication to the Ashland community is evidenced through past board memberships with the American Association of University Women, Associated Charities, Ashland County Red Cross, Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, Center for Civic Life, The Salvation Army and Samaritan Regional Health System.
Heimann is married to Mike Heimann, AU alumnus and recently retired Ashland City School middle grades principal.
“Mike and I will always hold Ashland University dear to our hearts. We will continue to be active in our support of AU and the Ashland community,” she said. “I also plan to work with the incoming president to assist with transition needs in the student affairs area.”
The recipient of numerous campus and Ashland community awards through the years, Heimann is known as someone “who always finds time to address students’ needs while treating them with the utmost respect.” A few of her most cherished awards were the Dr. Glenn L. Clayton Award and the Honorary Alumna Award, both from Ashland University; and the Ohio College Personnel Association’s Gerald R. Saddlemire Mentor Award.
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###