Marion investment advisor, Dan Wigton, has been appointed to The Ohio State University Alumni Advisory Council. Wigton will serve for at least three years and represent The Ohio State University at Marion.
The Alumni Advisory Council advises Ohio State’s presidents on key university policies and initiatives. The Council’s thirty-nine members include graduates from most of the university’s colleges and academic units. Wigton, who is senior vice president and branch manager for Stifel Nicolaus in Marion, succeeds local pharmacist Russ McBride in representing Ohio State Marion on the prestigious Alumni Advisory Council.
Wigton graduated from Ohio State in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He credits his success in the investment field to mentors he’s had along the way, including Ohio State alumni Wayne Kuhn and David Campbell, both Marion investment advisors.
Wigton believes alumni can play an even greater role on the Marion campus through mentorship opportunities with current students.
“We could actually do something once a quarter,” he suggested, where a group of Ohio State alums in a particular field meet with current students interested in the same line of work.
Wigton plans to work with Ohio State Marion’s offices of community relations, career advising, and student affairs to arrange alumni/student gatherings.
“As alumni, we need to do more than have dinner now and then with each other,” he added.
“I’m a Woody Hayes disciple. Woody said pay forward, so I think we should do that. We need more connectivity between students and graduates,” said Wigton.
Wigton also believes in giving back in a tangible way to his alma mater. He and his wife Valerie have a bequest in their will that will benefit the local campus.
According to Wigton, he sees Ohio State Marion as a catalyst for growth in the Marion area.
“Relative to a college education, from an overall value standpoint, it would be very, very hard to beat Ohio State Marion. I’m very proud of what has been accomplished there and excited about the future.”
Wigton also sees part of his role on the Council to communicate the importance of Ohio State’s smaller campuses to administrators in Columbus—“to make sure they understand how important the regional campuses are—not to forget what’s going on in Marion or Lima” or the other Ohio State locations around the state.
In concurrence with Ohio State Marion Dean and Director Dr. Greg Rose and Interim Ohio State President Joseph Alutto, Mr. Wigton was invited to serve a three year term on the Alumni Advisory Council by Archie Griffin, Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations. His appointment was approved by the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
“I was at Ohio State when Archie Griffin was playing, so it’s exciting that I may get to know him,” said Wigton.
“Given Dan’s deep commitment to Marion and to Ohio State, we are very pleased to have him represent us on the Alumni Advisory Council,” said Dr. Rose.
“I think Ohio State Marion is certainly one of our biggest assets in the community,” said Wigton. “If I can help it become even more of a factor in moving my hometown forward, I’m more than pleased to do so.”
He will attend his first Council meeting November 21st and 22nd at Longaberger Alumni House on the Columbus campus.