Year: Senior
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Leadership positions and organizations: President, University Program CouncilAlexStairs
Editor-in-Chief, The Athena Yearbook

Biggest accomplishment as a student leader:

Creating opportunities for students and others to become their best possible selves. In addition, having the ability to give back and help to make Ohio University the best it can be.

Best memory at OHIO:

My best memory at OHIO is the combination of all the
opportunities I have had to improve myself and become a
better person. This is through countless interactions with my
peers and OHIO staff, faculty, and community members as well
as the challenges and successes that have helped to define
who I am.

Biggest quirk:

I am very persnickety: I know how I like things and I appreciate
things how I like them.

Your role model:

Harvey Milk – Harvey Milk worked for LGBT social rights and
for forging a pathway to equality for the LGBT community.
Harvey was a community leader in San Francisco and was one
of the first openly gay officials in the United States. Harvey
stood up for what he believed and acted for the good of
everyone, no matter their sexual identity.

Harvey was a very outspoken individual who was extremely
involved and heavily invested in the movement that he helped
to create. Harvey continually worked to see that equality was
true, “all men are created equal.” Harvey was persistent; even
after losing multiple elections, and countless other hurdles, he
finally won a seat on the San Francisco City-County Board. 2 of 2
Harvey’s leadership is that of determination, courage and
passion. He was not afraid to do the work it took to start a
movement towards equality and he did not let fear immobilize
him from doing great things. Harvey is not a leader because of
his desire to see a change, but because of his actions to make
the change a reality: sharing his vision and leading a core shift
in the values of many Americans.

What makes a leader:

A leader does not need a formal title or to be paid more than
others, a leader is someone who acts in the pursuit to do “good
for greatness.” A leader understands the importance of
listening, building intentional and personal relationships, and
creating an environment where the team can grow and flourish
through the right mix of challenge and healthy stress in
addition to inclusivity, safety, and autonomy. A leader is a
person. A leader is a person with a mission and vision who has
the drive and passion to act on it.

Favorite quote:

“If no one had ever challenged religious authority, there’d be
no democracy, no public schools, women’s rights,
improvements to science and medicine, evolution of slavery
and no laws against child abuse or spousal abuse. I was afraid
to challenge my religious beliefs because that was the basis of
creation—mine anyway. I was afraid to question the Bible or
anything in it, and when I did, that’s when I became involved
with PFLAG and realized that my son was a perfectly normal
human being and there was nothing for God to heal because
Bobby was perfect just the way he was.”
― Mary Griffith

Interested in getting involved in the Athena Yearbook or the University Program Council? Follow him on Twitter at @AlexDMolnar or shoot him an email at

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