Ashland University Administrator Receives Awards at Association Meeting

Ashland University Administrator Receives Awards at Association Meeting
Karen Hagans, at left, executive director of the Career Services Center at Ashland University, is shown with one of her two awards at the Ohio College Personnel Association meeting. She is pictured with Bowen Marshall, OCPA president, from Ohio State University; and Rachel Tuttle, OCPA President-Elect, from Ohio State University.

2/1/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Karen Hagans, executive director of the Career Services Center at Ashland University, received two awards at the annual Ohio College Personnel Association meeting held Jan. 25-27 in Worthington, Ohio.

Hagans, who has served in an administrative role at Ashland for 21 years and 33 years as a higher education professional, received the Fayetta M. Paulsen Accomplished Leader Award and the OCPA President’s Discretionary Award. Hagans has announced she will retire in May.

“I am so honored to receive these recognition awards from my peers,” Hagans said. "I am grateful to Ashland University for the opportunity to serve students who are seeking to achieve their career-related goals."  

The Fayetta M. Paulsen Accomplished Leader Award is presented by OCPA to a student affairs professional who has, through outstanding leadership, made significant contributions to the field and to the institution of which the professional is a part. The professional receiving this award has achieved innovative responses in meeting the varied and emerging needs of today’s students. This award is named in honor of OCPA’s first president.

The selection criteria for the Fayetta M. Paulsen Accomplished Leader Award was as follows:
-- Significant contributions to the field of student affairs and to the institution.
-- Evidence of serving as a role model to students and professionals.
-- Demonstrated leadership and innovation in the field by meeting students' needs.

The OCPA President’s Discretionary Award is presented in honor of service. It is presented to an OCPA member who has contributed greatly to the growth of the organization over the past years. 

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply 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.                                                                                ###

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