Ohio Public Leaders Fellowship Program

2017 Ohio Public Leader Fellows
Applications are no longer being accepted for Winter 2022. 


The Ohio Public Leaders Fellowship Program provides students with a practical, co-curricular experience that enhances their understanding of the inner-workings of state and local government institutions. Students emerge prepared for success in the arena of public leadership while host organizations benefit from engaging with outstanding young talent.

The Ohio Public Leaders accepted into this program receive paid fellowships ($1,000-$2,500) and are selectively assigned to state or local government institutions or to related public or non-profit agencies throughout Ohio. The fellowships support special projects that are designed to meet the needs of partner agencies and the professional interests of Ohio Public Leaders.

With the support of the OPL Advisory Board, faculty, and professional mentors, our students typically complete their Ohio Public Leader fellowship during the four-week Winter Term. To date, 75 Miami University students have been awarded Ohio Public Leader Fellowships.

OPL Advisory Board:

Bradley M. Bundy
Associate Vice President &
Director of Development,
Miami University
Andrew M. Dudas '05
Supervising Management Analyst,
Office of Budget & Evaluation,
City of Cincinnati
Nick A. Selvaggio '88
Champaign County
Court of Common Pleas
Megan Statt-Blake '03
Community Development Director,
City of Wyoming
Tim Ingram
Health Commissioner,
Hamilton County Public Health
Cheryl Subler '91
Managing Directory,
County Commissioners Association of Ohio
Kim Cutlip
Executive Director,
Scioto Foundation
Dana McDaniel '87
City Manager
City of Dublin
Patrick Titterington '87
Director of Public Safety & Services,
City of Troy
Timothy S. Derickson '84
Assistant Director,
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Rick Platt '89
President and CEO,
Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority
J. Christopher Woolard '01
Senior Executive Director for Accountability and Continuous Improvement,
Ohio Department of Education
Mike Dittoe '05
High Bridge Consulting
Columbus, OH

Nicole Bent ‘05
Deputy Director,
Office of the State Auditor-Ohio

Christopher D. Gilbert '00
Township Administrator,
Springfield Township
Philip A. Russo, Jr.
Center Director, Emeriti
CPMRA-Miami University
Daniel G. Evers '86
Executive Director,
Clinton County Port Authority

John A. Jones '99
Police Chief
City of Oxford

Andy Shifflette '98
Legislative Liason,
Legislative and Controlling Board Section, 
Ohio Office of Budget and Management

Michael McNamara '98
Development Administrator
Executive Director, Butler County Port Authority
President, Butler County Land Bank

Lisa Patt McDaniel '87
Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio
Columbus, Ohio

Christopher Pozzuto
City Manager,
City of Springboro

Cherise Fanno Burdeen '93
Pretrial Justice Institute
Rockville, MD

Mike Hinnenkamp
Executive Director,
Ohio Plan

Jane Howington ‘95
City Manager,
City of Hudson



The Ohio Public Leaders Fellowship is an initiative of the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs housed within the Department of Political Science.


2022 Ohio Public Leader Fellows: Summer Term

2022 Ohio Public Leader Fellows: Winter Term

2020 Ohio Public Leader Fellows: Fall Term

2020 Ohio Public Leader Fellows: Winter Term

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2013 Ohio Public Leader Fellows:


updated: 5/26/22