Dan Tierney is a 2002 graduate of Ashland University and the Ashbrook Scholar Program. He currently serves as the Press Secretary for Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. Prior to his current position, he served as the Spokesperson for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for eight years.
HOW HAS YOUR EDUCATION IN THE ASHBROOK SCHOLAR PROGRAM IMPACTED YOUR CAREER?
In the past decade, we have seen very real debates between the states and Washington over federalism and powers reserved to the states. These have occurred in areas from environmental regulation to health care, and from both sides of the aisle. The Ashbrook Scholar Program’s intensive education in our Founding documents and the principles of federalism provided me a foundation to readily explain these legal issues to news reporters and the public in my role as a spokesperson for the State of Ohio.
IN WHAT WAYS DID YOUR EDUCATION IN THE ASHBROOK SCHOLAR PROGRAM PREPARE YOU FOR THE FUTURE?
The Ashbrook Scholar Program has many benefits, but one important aspect it how uses the platform of politics and history to help students become proficient in a variety of writing styles. The writing assignments through the academic program, including the senior Statesmanship Thesis, help students become proficient in explanation, persuasion, creative writing, and technical writing, many times all within the same assignment. Writing succinctly with clarity is essential in professional communications and has been vital in my career development.
HOW DID YOUR INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE AFFECT YOUR EDUCATION?
I was a political science major with minors in journalism and electronic media production. Ashbrook helped me earn a summer internship with Fox News Channel’s Washington, DC bureau. I was a production intern for “Special Report” and did a number of research projects for the program. Seeing high-level production covering the highest levels of government helped me learn industry best practices that have been invaluable in communicating to news media on behalf of the Governor and Attorney General.