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Michael Hellard

Michael Hellard

Community Development Executive


Transitioned to Ottawa University to complete my MBA with an emphasis in leadership.
Grand Canyon University  - MBA – pursuing (pending graduation 2018)
Mid-Continent  University – BS Business Administration 
Mid-Continent University – AS Business Management 
University of Louisville – attended 

Past Jobs/Experience:

I have made a career advocating for higher learning since 2010.  Prior to my career in higher education, I ran my family’s health food store, sold real estate as a licensed Realtor, managed properties, worked in workforce development and managed a small family business.

When did you start at Ottawa University?:  February2017

Hometown: Elizabethtown, KY (Have you seen the movie!?)

Current Residence: Shepherdsville, KY

I coach and play men’s softball.  I coach my son’s basketball team.  I enjoy being creative by drawing, photography and videography (filming and editing).  I enjoy watching movies/television shows with my fiancĂ©e’ and two boys.  We also act really goofy when we are chilling at home and are huge super hero nerds!  I also volunteer in my community; currently I sit on the board of a non-profit and Department Chair of the Development Committee of Mom’s Closet Resource Center (

Why do you work in education?
I consider my career in education as a vocation, as I have passion to help others succeed and develop.  As a servant leader, my focus is on the growth and advocacy of education in my family and community.  I am excited for the opportunity to develop OU’s brand and establish a long career with this remarkable university.  I am currently the President of ACE, which is a consortium of schools that work towards a common goal to advocate higher learning in Louisville, KY.

Family: Brea, Isaac (10) and Cole (6)

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