Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Recent Hilltopper graduate continues a family legacy

One of the participants in the campus’ recent graduation ceremony continued a family legacy in earning his Ohio University degree while taking courses on the Chillicothe Campus. William Mahaffey, who earned a Master in Education in Counselor Education degree, is the son of two other OU-C alumni.

His father, Jack Mahaffey, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1984 and was Student Senate president and a computer lab assistant during his student career. He is now a systems administrator at Glatfelter, a local industry.

His mother is OU-C faculty member Barbara Mahaffey, Ph.D., who earned a bachelor’s degree in communication in 1980 as well as a master of education in counseling degree in 1997. She is an Associate Professor of Human Services Technology and joined the Chillicothe Campus faculty in 2005. Additionally, she is employed in the private practice as a licensed professional clinical counselor.

William Mahaffey has had a distinguished academic career. He achieved honor status in Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society for professional counselors and students in the counselor education program. Further, he was first author of an article published on the American Counseling Association’s VISTAS site entitled, “Ethical Decision-Making: Supervision Suggestions Utilizing a Review of the Ewing Versus Goldstein Court Case.”

He looks to eventually pursue a Ph.D. in counselor education and complete his licensure examination.

“I am proud to see our son succeed,” Jack Mahaffey said. “My OU-C degree has prepared me well for my career, and I am glad to see him follow the same path in continuing the family legacy. It is nice to see him succeed, and we have high hopes for William.”

Barbara Mahaffey said, “Ohio University has been a great educational experience for our family. Our other child, Nikki will start back to college this summer. We expect to have an entire household of alumni soon.”

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