Noelle Hunter named Ohio Valley University Dean of Students

VIENNA — Ohio Valley University has named Noelle Hunter as the new Dean of Students.

Hunter is internationally recognized for her work with iStand Parent Network, an organization which helps reunite families whose children have been abducted and taken abroad by a parent, OVU said. Hunter is the founder and president of ISPN.

Hunter has an extensive professional background in community relations, journalism and higher education.

In her new position, Hunter will engage the student population of OVU and create an atmosphere of student success, not only based in academics, but also in the faith she adamantly affirms, said OVU.

“I want to equip students to do great things, but that is secondary,” Hunter said. “The primary reason is OVU’s mission is my own mission. Christ is at the center of everything I do.”

Hunter founded ISPN after having her own child abducted and taken to Mali, West Africa in 2011. Hunter and her supporters worked for three years to reunite her and her daughter, Muna, in 2014.

“My daughter’s abduction to a foreign nation was absolutely excruciating, but fortunately Christ was at my center. It was never a question of giving up,” she said. “Out of the greatest pain in my life came this great vision, and God is still using (ISPN) to bring kids home.”

Through the work of Hunter and all of those involved with ISPN, 22 families have been reunited either by bringing the child home to the United States of America or giving parents access to their children abroad, she said.

A native of Alabama, Hunter has spent several years living in and around West Virginia. Hunter received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Ohio University and completed her doctorate at West Virginia University.

Hunter will begin her new position as OVU Dean of Students at the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester.