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Shelly Myers Hinson

Personal Mission Statement

Helping people travel down their own unique life path is Shelly’s calling. She aspires to inspire people to be their best, to grow and learn, and to find their place in the world. Her favorite quote is by Eleanor Roosevelt: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Helping people clarify their dreams is what Shelly strives to do.


Shelly feels her life’s purpose is to teach, counsel and mentor. She is an enthusiastic, witty, knowledgeable educator who values introspection, empathy, and community. Shelly believes that knowing oneself and understanding others are key to living a fulfilling life. She says, “Our personalities, abilities and backgrounds help prepare us for life but can also limit us if we don’t challenge our own perceptions, take risks, and try to see the world through others’ eyes.”  

My Story

Shelly Myers Hinson


Shelly’s 30 year career as a higher education professional has included serving as a college instructor, a career counselor, and an administrator in various student support services, such as, student leadership development, academic advising, residence life, and academic enrichment. Through her leadership positions, she has learned the value of teamwork and collaboration, proactive planning, and strong interpersonal communication skills.


Teaching is in Shelly’s blood. Literally! She comes from a long line of educators and counselors who value personal growth and the right to education for all. As a student-centered instructor she has taught both face-to-face and online courses for diverse student populations including traditional freshmen, graduate students and military-affiliated students. She has been able to teach in all areas related to her educational background including recreation, sport leadership and tourism management, college student development, first-year student transition issues and adult education. 


Throughout her career she has been involved with planning and implementing large events and programs. This work has challenged her to collaborate with a variety of constituents and lead peers towards a common goal. It has also honed her attention-to-detail and ability to create effective systems and processes. While event and program planning is very rewarding to her it is second to the advising and mentoring experiences she has had working with individual students.

My Experiences


Education & Certifications

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D., Higher Education Leadership

East Carolina University – Greenville, North Carolina


Masters of Education, Higher Education Administration

Kent State University – Kent, Ohio


Bachelor of Science, Recreation and Leisure Services

Kent State University – Kent, Ohio


Areas of Expertise (Shelly's CV)

Higher education leadership

Leadership development

Career and academic decision-making

Event & program planning

Organizational culture

College student transition & retention issues




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