Ashland University Hires Assistant Director of Development for Athletics

8/2/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Megan McCollins has been hired as an assistant director of development for athletics at Ashland University.

McCollins, who lives in Medina, is a 2007 graduate of Ashland University with a bachelor of arts degree in sports communication. A native of Worthington, she is a 2003 graduate of Worthington Kilbourne High School.

"Megan will be involved in all aspects of athletic fundraising for Ashland University's 20 intercollegiate sports," said Ralph Tomassi, associate vice president of development. "She will also work very closely with the director of athletics and the alumni-parents relations director. Her special skills, experience and enthusiasm for Ashland University will certainly contribute to her success."

Prior to joining Ashland University, McCollins worked in marketing and development at Oakstone Academy in Westerville, Ohio. She was involved in handling special events, fund-raising and development for the academy.

Prior to that, McCollins worked for the Cleveland Indians as a fan services representative for more than two years, handling general customer service responsibilities; planning, promoting and coordinating various promotions; serving as primary assistant to Indians' mascot, Slider; and assisting with the Indians' Press Tour.
McCollins served an internship with The Ohio State University Athletics Communications Office in the summer of 2006 and also during December 2006 and January 2007. In this position, she assisted the sports information office with media guides, research projects, home athletic events, Buckeye Hockey Classic and various office duties.

While at Ashland University, she was a varsity cheerleader for four years and was captain of the cheerleading squad her senior year. She also was an active member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and was a chaplain with the sorority in 2005 to 2007.

McCollins has been involved in much community service work, including with the Cleveland Indians Charities, Ronald McDonald House, Celebrity Golf Tournament, Bowl For Kids and Providence House in Cleveland. She also served on the Autism Speaks Executive Committee.

Ashland University (<>) 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.