On the right track
Kenny Pugh ’97 helps high school students find their way to Ohio State.
Kenny Pugh remembers well the day he first stepped onto the track inside the French Field House and toed the starting line.
“I walked on (to the men’s track team) as a long jumper and found myself doing tons of other fun stuff,” said Pugh, who competed for three years before graduating in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering. “It was awesome.
“I ended up running the 200 meters, the 400 meters, the 4x400 meter relay and the 4x100 meter relay,” he said. “I worked extremely hard to become competitive with a group of teammates who were All-Americans coming out of high school. I lettered, and I was a member of the All-Big 10 Academic Team as well. Hard work does pay off.”
Pugh, a Dayton, Ohio, native, is a business and personal finance coach near Atlanta and owns a Web development company, KTP Web Hosting, which helps people get their businesses online. He also regularly volunteers for Ohio State in a variety of student recruitment capacities.
What was your first job after graduating from OSU?
I was a consultant in Columbus with Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture). It gave me a chance to learn how to be a professional within a very competitive organization and how to deliver information to clients. It also taught me how to communicate well, how to be respectful, how to be able to take criticism and celebrate successes. Those are all tools I use to this day.
Why is volunteering important to you?
Volunteering allows me to give back and to provide students with information they might not otherwise have access to. I also like serving as a champion for Ohio State in the heart of SEC country. It’s tough being a Big Ten fan in the city of Atlanta.
What’s the best part about being a Buckeye?
The best part is the extended family we have anywhere we go in the country. Connecting with other Buckeyes is an amazing asset to have. I’ve leveraged the Buckeye network on numerous occasions while traveling. My Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity has a chapter in just about any city, so I can easily reach out for recommendations on restaurants, hotels, even business leads. Being an active participant in the alumni network, I also know where I can go to watch Ohio State games with other Buckeyes.
You got married in December 2014. Is your wife, Tamiko, a Buckeye?
My wife didn’t go to Ohio State, but I’m teaching her how to cheer for the Buckeyes. She’s learning a lot about the camaraderie and the passion Buckeyes have about sports!
Why should other alumni volunteer?
Alumni have so many helpful stories and experiences they can share. Remember how you felt going through the college selection process and the many questions you had? Volunteers have a unique opportunity to eliminate or reduce some of the anxiety students and their families have. You also create connections to some great people.