Ohio Travel Association chief to address Terra State grads


FREMONT — The executive director of the Ohio Travel Association is to address the class of 2017 during Terra State Community College’s commencement ceremony Friday.

Melinda Huntley has worked in travel-related jobs along Lake Erie for more than 23 years. She became director of the Ohio Travel Association in 2012, representing the interests of the industry at the local, state and federal levels.

“We are thrilled that Melinda Huntley has agreed to be the commencement speaker for Terra State’s 48th commencement,” said Jerome Webster, Terra State’s president.

Webster said Huntley was asked to serve as the ceremony’s keynote speaker because of Terra State’s commitment to serve the travel-related industry through its hospitality program.

“The industry presents great opportunity for Terra State to spur on economic development throughout our service area, particularly in the Lake Erie shores and islands settings,” he said.

Huntley started her career in public relations at Cedar Point and then led the Lake Eire Shores and Islands/Ottawa County Visitors Bureau. She also has served as tourism director for Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program.

Huntley has been the recipient of the Paul Sherlock Award and has received recognition from Hospitality and Sales Marketing International, American Library Association, the National Association of Environmental Professionals and Firelands Audubon.

Huntley has a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

“Ms. Huntley has a comprehensive background in hospitality and tourism,” Webster said. “I believe the students will be impressed with her message of inspiration to do all they can do in their lives and to serve in their role as citizens. We are very excited that she is able to join us in this important celebration in a student’s learning journey.”