Nash Joins OUWB and Seeks Alumni Relationships
Either way, there’s a good chance that current and former OUWB students will soon be acquainted with Jordan Nash, the school’s new development associate.
Nash started in mid-July and has big plans to foster relationships between OUWB and its alumni, and also help build the school’s scholarship pipeline.
He says he “caught the student support bug” while working at the University of Michigan-Flint – a “bug” that continued in his most recent post as an admissions counselor for the ‘University of Norwich, and also got him thinking about what he can do. at OUWB.
“I want to create a lot more opportunities for OUWB alumni to get involved in the most meaningful way for them,” he says. “I strive to bring alumni back to share their successes and use it not only to advocate for them, but also for the school, and to bring others into the fold. “
Nash, of Flushing, Michigan, received a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Michigan-Flint. He is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration.
As an undergraduate student, Nash completed an internship at UM-Flint’s Career Center.
“I saw myself in a lot of students coming in,” he says.
“I loved seeing them come into my office, frantic, and then leave with confidence.”
Also at UM-Flint, Nash was a communications partner. He has worked with the Career Center and the Alumni Relations team to nurture relationships with students, parents, alumni, corporate partners and donors. This included planning events, working with sponsors, creating marketing materials, tracking the effectiveness of various initiatives, etc.
Over the past two years, at the University of Norwich – a private military academy in Northfield, Vermont – Nash has been heavily involved in interacting with prospective, current and former students. Her job was to nurture relationships with potential candidates, help current students find the support they needed, and work with alumni on briefings and other recruiting efforts.
The common thread in Nash’s career has been a high level of fluency in talking with people, which he believes is linked to his background in communication.
“I like finding out what makes people tick… figuring out what interests them most,” he says.
When not at work, Nash’s interests are playing board games like Catan with a group of close friends he has had since elementary school. He also says he is “a big fan of music” and collects vinyl records from artists like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and others from the 1960s and 1970s.
When it comes to his job, Nash says he feels most accomplished through the kinds of things that don’t necessarily show up on a spreadsheet.
“It’s always great to be able to sit down and be happy that you have done everything on your list for the day,” he says. “But in reality it often doesn’t work… so for me ultimately success really depends on the quality of the conversations I’ve had and how many people I’ve been able to help. “
At OUWB, 60 percent of Nash’s time is spent working with alumni and parents of students. The rest of his time is spent building scholarship pipelines.
He works in close collaboration with Claus Weimann, Director of Philanthropy.
In making the connection between OUWB alumni and parents, Weimann said Nash will take on a long-awaited position at OUWB.
“(Nash) has a real and great talent for communication, which I appreciate,” says Weimann. “In addition, he is very sincere and professional in what he does… he involves people in communications and has a real ability to listen to people.
Nash says he wants to hear from anyone interested in getting involved in the OUWB community. His email is [email protected]
For more information, contact Andrew Dietderich, Marketing Writer, OUWB, at [email protected]
To request an interview, visit OUWB Communications & Marketing Web page.
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