News Releases

A statement from AU President Carlos Campo on George Floyd and racism


Our Ashland University community has been shaken by the murder of George Floyd. The image of a white man in a position of authority with his knee on the neck of a black man pleading for his life has been seared into our minds and souls. We condemn it and the racism and hatred behind it.

At these times, we look to AU’s core values to find a path forward through the darkness. Our Accent on the Individual requires our “collective efforts to challenge and encourage” one another.

And now we collectively challenge the scourge of racism in our culture.

Area Students Compete Virtually in the 60th Annual Mohican District Science Day

Many area students were among the 117 students from 26 area schools plus homeschoolers who competed in the 60th annual Mohican District Science Day. Sponsored by the Mohican District Junior Division of the Ohio Academy of Science and hosted by Ashland University since 1960, the event was held online for the first time due to the cancellation of the face-to-face event in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students uploaded copies of their reports, photos of their project boards, and short video presentations for judges to evaluate.

Bob and Jan Archer match $575,000 in gifts to AU as part of challenge grant

Ashland residents Bob and Jan Archer have matched two gifts to Ashland University totaling $575,000 as part of their challenge grant to fund deferred maintenance and improvements projects across the school’s campus.

In establishing the challenge grant last year, AU Trustee Bob Archer said he and his wife would match gifts to AU dollar for dollar up to $1 million.

Northwestern Mutual’s Shawn Phelps named to AU Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Northwestern Mutual wealth management advisor Shawn Phelps has been named to the Ashland University Dauch College of Business and Economics Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Phelps earned his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) and Master of Business Administration degree (summa cum laude) from Ashland in 1997, then went on to complete an additional master’s in trusts and estate planning from Bowling Green State University.

AU “Best of the Nest” team earns second place in business strategy competition

Four AU Dauch College of Business & Economics students were awarded second place for Best Overall Performance in their “world” at the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition, hosted by California State University--Long Beach.

The competition finals originally were to be conducted in California but were moved to an online platform in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, it included virtual decision rounds, opening and closing ceremonies, team meetings, advisor meetings and informal and formal judges meetings, as well as team presentations from all across the US, as well as Hong Kong.