Academic Advising

Advising at Rio follows the Appreciative Advising model. This is the practice of working collaboratively with students to understand their goals and dreams. This approach will help influence the student decision-making process through the college experience and beyond.

Our Student Success Coaches intentionally spend time building rapport and trust (Disarm) with you. Your success coach will learn about your journey to Rio, strengths, skills, and abilities (Discover). We will challenge you to Dream about your future, and then co-create a plan (Design), to help you achieve (Deliver) your goals. Finally, we challenge you to reach your true potential, while celebrating your accomplishments (Don’t Settle).

Schedule with your Success Coach

Student Success Coach Marcus at bridge

Marcus Illingworth

Students with Arts & Sciences Majors/ Undecided Ag (Meat Science) Biology Biochemistry Chemistry Communications English Environmental Science Fine Arts General Studies History Mathematics Political Science Psychology Wildlife Conservation Social Work

Student Success Coach Max

Max Huston

Students with Business & Technical Majors, Education Business Management Computer Science Industrial Automation & Maintenance Industrial Technology Information Technology Pre-Engineering Welding Adolescent to Young Adult Education Intervention Specialist K-12 Middle Childhood Education Multi-Age Education Prekindergarten Primary Pre-K – Grade 5 / Intervention Specialist

Student Success Coach Steve

Steve Large

Students with Health Majors Nursing (ADN & BSN) Allied Health Diagnostic Medical Sonography Radiologic Technology Respiratory Therapy

Success Coach Emily Fouty

Emily Fouty

Students with Health Majors Nursing (LPN to RN) Sports & Exercise Studies Pre-Professional (Physical Therapy)

Attending one of our Regional Centers?

Kristen Mershon

Kristen Mershon, Director

Jackson Center Office: (740) 288-0284 980 E. Main Street Jackson, Ohio 45640


Michelle Kennedy, Director

Meigs Center Office: (740) 992-1880 42377 Charles Chancey Drive Pomeroy, OH 45769

Misty Napier McArthur Director

Misty Napier, Director

McArthur Center Office: (740) 645-7993 307 West High Street McArthur, Ohio 45651