The Ohio State University at Marion

McKinniss hired in new position to bolster student success

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Ohio State University at Marion recently welcomed Student Success Counselor, Michelle McKinniss to the staff.

As a newly created position in the Office of Student Retention, McKinniss will work to create student success initiatives, working directly with students to overcome barriers to growth and success. She will also devote hours to assisting in the Office of Financial Aid.

McKinniss has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration, University of Findlay and Master of Arts in Counseling from Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio. Prior to working at Ohio State Marion, she served as a guidance counselor for Riverdale Schools for the past 8 years, working with student’s academic, personal, and social growth. She also served as a test coordinator, and on the district leadership team. While at Riverdale she served in multiple advisor positions, including the development of a peer leader development group that focused on influencing students to do that right thing in terms of drug and alcohol prevention, student testing, and scheduling.

McKinniss began her professional career as a crime victim advocate for Seneca County Prosecutors Office.

Originally from Mount Blanchard, Ohio, she now resides Upper Sandusky with her husband and five kids. McKinniss enjoys spending time in the outdoors and volunteering with youth sports and 4-H activities for kids.

Located in Maynard Hall, Room 100, students in need of services may contact McKinniss at or call 740-725-6017.