Shanon Cunningham

Assistant Director, University Honors Program

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M.S.Ed Higher Education Administration, University of Dayton
B.S. Organizational Leadership, Wright State University

A little about me...

A native of Columbus Oh, OSU is naturally where everyone thought I would pursue my educational endeavors. However, I am a huge fan of doing what is authentic and right for the journey you envision and I made sure to do just that. I received both of my degrees from universities in the Dayton Ohio area. The decisions I made early on allowed me to intentionally focus on my career and network with professionals away from the comfort zones of home. Subsequently, the mentors I made during my collegiate years had the greatest impact! This inspired me to work in Higher Education after a short stint in Atlanta, working in business. I jokingly tell my friends that I’m a “permanent college student” when they ask what I do for a living. However, for me, it is much more than that. My mission is to serve as a catalyst for students self-discovery and fostering inclusive instutional growth for students through partnerships with stakeholders.

So let’s pause to mythbust here because it’s true that “home is where the heart is,"  as I eventually became a Buckeye post graduate school. I previously held positons at The Ohio State University in the Office of Retention and at the University of Dayton in Housing and Residence Life. My work has intentionally led me to Honors students and I advise students in the Lindner College of Business and the College of Nursing. 

When I’m not doing what I love, outside of a 9-5, I am an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and I dream of adding a brown Labrador Retriever to my life soon.  I am a newlywed to Philip who is a Market Development Team Manager with Cengage Learning. He and I enjoy traveling and navigating off the beaten path with our experiences. We run from the touristy locations. I am an aspiring Yoga guru and may work up the nerve to become an instructor one day.

Ask me about...

  • Jumping into the Blue Hole aka Secret Falls, in Jamaica
  • My last year of graduate school
  • The art of telling your authentic story

Advice for students

Who says you have to have it all figured out? You don’t have to listen to that person or that voice in your mind. Life is an ongoing learning process through each stage that you travel. Stay encouraged and find beauty in your personal journey. It really isn’t about the end result but what you learn, who you help, and how you stretch and develop along the way.

Success comes through sustained effort. The key word in that sentence is not ‘effort.' It’s ‘sustained.'

Todd Brison