Best takes role at college

Best takes role at college

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Ashleigh Best has been named director for career planning at The College of Wooster following a national search and after serving in an interim capacity since January 2022. She began her new role formally on Dec. 1.

As director, Best will lead the team in the Office of Career Planning to implement recommendations from “APEX 3.0,” a five-year strategic plan developed for seven integrated departments in Advising, Planning & Experiential Learning. Recommendations include promoting holistic career readiness from students’ first year to their post-graduate careers, including initiatives that focus on increasing engagement between students and employers, enhancing student satisfaction, and producing effective outcomes. Reporting to the Dean of APEX, Best will collaborate with inter-department colleagues as well as the broader Wooster community to ensure that students integrate their range of experiential learning and co-curricular opportunities into their career planning development.

“Seven years ago, I chose a career at The College of Wooster because I believed that a liberal arts education paired with a focus on undergraduate mentorship, best prepared students for personal and professional success,” said Best. “A ‘do-er’ by nature, I am eager to leverage our opportunities and address the challenges that are before us as we strive and innovate to ensure that all Wooster students are career ready upon graduation.”

Best joined Wooster in 2015 as associate director for career planning. Prior to that, she served as assistant director of leadership development for the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning and as assistant director of Campus Activities and Programs at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

In the community, she serves on the board of Goodwill Industries of Wayne and Holmes County.

Best earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State and her Master’s in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. She lives in Wooster with her husband Jamie, their two daughters and rescue pup, Logan.