Dorian Wingard - Columbus State Community College 50th Anniversary

Currently serving as CEO for Midwest Strategies LLC, Dorian Wingard has made leaps and bounds throughout his career.

But that first step was at Columbus State.

Wingard attended Columbus State for several years, all while working-full time and devoting time to his wife and two children, then transferred his credits to Capital University. He earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminology in 2001, then went on to a master's degree from The Ohio State University.

"Being able to matriculate successfully through Columbus State was a major accomplishment. It solidified for me that I was able to achieve greater things if I was committed to them."

"Being able to matriculate successfully through Columbus State was a major accomplishment. It solidified for me that I was able to achieve greater things if I was committed to them. It took me nearly 10 years to achieve my goal, but I would not change the process or experience at all," Dorian said.

Wingard began his career working with the homeless, at-risk youth and substance abusers. Before that, he served as chief of staff at the Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services, community affairs liaison for state Rep. Larry Price and as district liaison for Columbus Public Schools. He's active with a long list of nonprofit boards and associations. His most recent job was as vice president and chief operations officer of the Columbus Urban League.

He's kept close ties with his alma mater, and has helped his organizations partner with Columbus State. For example, he steered low-income youth to Columbus State's youth auto tech program, and helped form a partnership between the college and Columbus Public School's Africentric High School.

Wingard is glad he has continued his affiliation with Columbus State. "I have been fortunate to work in capacities that have supported my interest in human services, criminal justice, and education policy, all of which in some way or another took root at Columbus State and continues through the service it provides our community," says Wingard.

Images: A Year in the Life of Columbus State