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261 Schwartz Center

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Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Drop-In Career Counseling

Monday - Friday
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 2 - 4 p.m.




Ryan McNaughton

Career Counselor

I am very happy to be a part of the Kent community.  As a member of the Career Counseling staff, I provide services to a diverse group of students and alumni.  You will also see me out and about on campus giving various career preparedness presentations.  I am the liaison to the College of Communication and Information, as well as our Athletics Department. 


I received my B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University, and my M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Westminster College.

How I Got Here

What an interesting ride it has been.  I spent 13 years in the world of journalism, working in various on and off air roles in radio and television.  I was primarily a sports reporter, spending most of my career at WKNR in Cleveland before moving on to television at Your News Now (YNN) in Syracuse, NY.  I've also written for a newspaper, and worked for the Cleveland Browns.  After moving back to Ohio for my wife's job in 2009, I was at the proverbial crossroads, not knowing which path to take.  Instead, I made my own by going to Grad School seeking to reinvent myself.  I literally woke up one day and realized working with college students would make me very happy.  My journalistic skills were completely transferable, and proved a natural fit.  Both involve asking a lot of questions, doing a lot of listening, having some fun, and trying to paint a complete picture.  It's in my blood to deal with people hands-on, so be prepared to have a lively and interactive discussion!

Most Unusual Job Held

Easy.  My first radio job in tiny Caro, Michigan.  I did a little bit of everything, for literally nothing.  One of those duties was reading obituaries on the air.  Had to read them just like they were written, nicknames and all.  So, hardly a day goes by without paying my respects to Ed "Snookie" Robinson.

About Me

I was born and raised in Amherst, Ohio.  My parents have been married for over 40 years.  My wife and I were married in Key West, and are hopefully on our way to 40+ as well.  I used to host a daily national sports talk show, and have interviewed hundreds of athletes from Michael Jordan to Tom Brady to that guy named LeBron.  I am also an Adjunct Professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, where I teach Sports Broadcasting.  I am currently the President of the NE Ohio Syracuse University Alumni Club.  I enjoy traveling, live music venues, and playing in rec sports leagues.

Best Advice for Students

Treat each and every interaction as a potential networking opportunity.  Treat people well, even when they don't return the favor.  It's a cliché, but it is indeed a very small world.  You never know who can help you, and when they can.  Every job I've ever held, including this one, was due in some way to networking.  Be your own best advocate, and never settle.  Life's too short to do something you don't really want to be doing.

Ryan McNaughton
Career Services Center
261 Schwartz Center
Phone: 330-672-8362
Fax: 330-672-2057