Ashley Ward

Assistant Director of Recruitment, Early Career and Career Change MBA

Ashley serves as the Assistant Director of Recruitment for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management's Early Career and Career Change MBA. She works with prospective students throughout the research and application process and travels to promote the university at various fairs and events. Ashley comes to Willamette with several years of experience working in higher education, holding positions in International Admissions, Student Finance and International Marketing and Recruitment. In her previous role at Oregon State University, she traveled to 22 countries across five continents to represent the university to prospective students. She believes in the power of education and finds it incredibly rewarding to recruit and advise students at each stage of their academic career. 

Originally from southern Oregon, Ashley moved to the Willamette Valley in 2008 to study English and writing at Oregon State University (2011); later, she earned a master’s degree at Western Oregon University (2013) with a focus on teaching post secondary language arts.

Ashley is a literary enthusiast with a penchant for black coffee, travel and gardening. She and her husband, Patrick, explore the U.S. in their 1980 VW Vanagon Riviera.