Ashland University Alumna Named to AICUO Post

1/8/14 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emily Pettigrew Tully, a 2005 graduate of Ashland University, has been appointed the new director of government relations for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO).

Prior to joining AICUO, Tully worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, where she spent three years as the Senior Policy Advisor for Congressman Bob Gibbs. While working for Congressman Gibbs, she helped pass the 2013 Farm Bill out of the House of Representatives.

Before her time in Washington, she worked as a legislative aide in both the Ohio House and Senate, for two different members, where she helped pass a constitutional amendment and managed a successful Ohio congressional campaign in 2010.

Tully is a 2005 graduate of Ashland University with a double major in political science and speech communications. She was recently named the 2013 Ashland University "Young Alumna of the Year," and received the 2012 "National Friend of Wheat" award. Tully is the only member of her family who does not work directly in the education field. Both of her parents are in higher education and her sister is a high school math teacher in North Carolina.

Tully will be immediately responsible for advocating for policy and regulatory priorities for AICUO. As director of government relations, she will be lobbying the executive and legislative branches on behalf of our membership organization. Tully also will be responsible for coordinating Independent College Day on Capitol Square.

She began her position with AICUO on Jan. 6.

AICUO is the public relations, research and government liaison organization for 50 independent, nonprofit institutions of higher education in Ohio. Members include four-year undergraduate, graduate and professional schools accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( 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. ###