Ashland University Appoints Two Center Directors

Ashland University Appoints Two Center Directors

8/19/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University Professional Development Services has announced the appointment of two new professional development center directors -- Renee Yoder-Elias, who will lead the Elyria and Cleveland centers; and Patrick Crahan, who will lead the Southwest Center.

Yoder-Elias comes to Ashland University after working for NASA for the past 17 years in several different capacities. Most recently, she managed the NASA CORE business office, which serves as a non-profit, world-wide distribution center for NASA’s educational materials. In this role, she managed a staff of 11 full- and part-time employees. Prior to her NASA experience, she served several districts as a teacher.

In her new role as director of Professional Development Services and director of the Bachelor Plus Program, Yoder-Elias will work out of both the Elyria Center, which is located at the Lorain Community College, and the Cleveland Center, which is located at the Cuyahoga Educational Service Center.

She will be responsible for assisting school districts in their quest to offer quality professional development opportunities earning Ashland University graduate credit. She also will help college graduates with non-educational backgrounds who are interested in pursuing teaching careers.

Yoder-Elias earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Ashland University in 2012. She and her family reside in Wadsworth. She can be reached at 800.995.5222.

Crahan is making the transition to Ashland University after a successful career in public education as a teacher and principal, mostly in southwestern Ohio. Crahan was a principal in the West Clermont Local Schools for 16 years. In addition, he also taught at West Clermont, Indian Hill, Milford, Aurora and Hudson schools.

In his new role, Crahan will lead the professional development efforts out of the southwestern center located at the Great Oaks IRC in Cincinnati, Ohio. He will be taking over the reins following this month’s retirement of Jim Quatman.

Crahan has a bachelor’s degree from Ashland University, a master’s degree from Kent State University and post graduate work at Xavier University. He and his family live in Cincinnati. He can be reached at 800.670.0395.

Ashland University’s Professional Development Services is the largest provider of graduate credit workshop offerings in the state and served over 16,000 educators last year. These services are provided through the main campus, Columbus Center, Massillon Center, Elyria/Cleveland Center and the Southwest Center in Cincinnati.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, 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. ###

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