The Ohio State University at Newark

Grunden Named Assistant Director of Admissions

NEWARK, OH, Feb. 5, 2018 — The Ohio State University at Newark is pleased to announce the promotion of Wesley Grunden to assistant director of admissions. Grunden joined the Office of Admissions staff in 2016 as an admissions counselor and staff assistant.

“I am thrilled that Wes has accepted this leadership role within our office,” said Director of Enrollment Diane Kanney. “He has contributed in many ways to the success of our office since his arrival to campus in 2016, and we believe this new role will allow for his continued professional growth.”

As assistant director, Grunden will be responsible for assisting the office’s migration to a new customer relationship management (CRM) system and the implementation of new office operations policies and procedures to provide more efficiency and enhance the outreach and service to students. He will also coordinate group visits to campus, manage
communication to high school counselors and other college access organizations, and oversee enrollment of military veterans and foster students, among other duties.

In 2017 Grunden received the Julius S. and Joette Greenstein Award. The Greenstein Award is presented annually to a regular staff member, administrator or faculty of Ohio State Newark and/or Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) whose efforts, deeds and behavior made a major contribution toward the perpetuation of a genuine spirit of mutual respect and cooperation between Ohio State Newark and COTC. Grunden was recognized by a COTC colleague, Stacey Cartnal, for coordinating prospective student visits that promoted the whole campus and fostered unity between the two institutions.

Grunden received a bachelor’s degree in history from Ohio University, where he is now pursuing a Master’s of Education. Prior to coming to Ohio State Newark, Grunden worked as an admissions counselor and then graduate coordinator at Marietta College. In addition to his regular job responsibilities, Grunden currently serves as the staff advisor for the Ohio State Newark and COTC Collegiate 4-H Club, and he volunteers with Pelotonia and Newark City School’s Reality Store.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.