Ohio Senate President Gives Advice to Ashland University Graduates

5/8/10 ASHLAND, Ohio --Ohio Senate President and Ashland resident Bill Harris shared his thoughts on the importance of servant leadership with Ashland University graduates on Saturday.

In a rain-shortened ceremony on the front lawn of Founders Hall, Harris cut his spring commencement address short and told those graduating that "the issue of servant leadership is facing you now as you approach your new career."

Harris said that the prophet Micah, when questioned by naysayers, told others to "do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your Lord."

"If you apply that to the term and philosophy of a servant leader, you can't help but be successful," Harris said.

"I know right now with some of the turmoil in our state and our country, that there is a lot of doubt, there's a little fear, maybe a lot of fear, but with God on our side and the Lord is in charge, in my opinion and my faith, we will get through it and we'll come out better," he said. "And if you apply yourself to be a part of making this great country better, you will be living a great life."

Following the commencement address, the presentation of degrees was handled by Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew. A total of 652 degrees (296 graduate and 356 undergraduate) were awarded at the May 2010 commencement, including four doctor of education in educational leadership; 221 master of education, 70 master of business administration, one master of American history and government, 70 bachelor of arts, nine bachelor of music, 80 bachelor of science, 70 bachelor of science in business administration, 94 bachelor of science in education, 14 bachelor of science in nursing, eight bachelor of science in social work, seven bachelor of fine arts and four associate of arts.
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private institution 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.