Director of (i)Cleveland and college programs named

Nicholas Aylward has been named Director of (i)Cleveland at the Cleveland Leadership Center.

Aylward, who begins at CLC January 10, will be responsible for managing (i)Cleveland programs that attract and retain college students by connecting them to the city’s professional and civic arenas. The (i)Cleveland Summer program engages more than 200 interns, (i)Cleveland Service Breaks bring students from across the country to Cleveland for service projects, and (i)Cleveland Winter Edition is a one-day event that helps students get a jump on their future with job-seeking skills training and a career fair.

In addition, he will develop and pilot programs and services that expand the Leadership Center’s outreach to Northeast Ohio colleges and universities and to companies and organizations that employ college interns. The efforts will encourage more students to learn about Cleveland, make meaningful professional and personal connections, and consider Cleveland as their career destination.

“Nick brings to our work a deep passion for ensuring the success of college students,” said Marianne Crosley, CLC President and CEO. “Through his years of working on campuses, he understands what is important to students and how to reach them. He will be able to expand CLC’s impact on helping students envision a future living and working in Cleveland.”

Aylward had been serving as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Life at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. He previously was a Residence Education Coordinator at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Interim Director of Housing at Marian University in Indianapolis, Ind., and a Leadership Consultant with Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.

He holds a master’s degree in education from Indiana University, and a bachelor of arts from Marietta College with a certificate in leadership studies. He is certified in the MBTI® personality inventory (Myers Briggs) and CliftonStrengths for Students (formerly StrengthsQuest).

His community involvement includes volunteering with Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity, the Marietta Delt Educational Foundation, Case Western Reserve University, as well as singing in the West Shore Chorale. A native of Lakewood, Ohio, he lives in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland with his wife Rebecca.


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