A 30-year resident of Athens, Colleen Carow is a communications professional, singer-songwriter, actor, foster parent, proud Ohio University alumna, and mother of three. She has led the Russ College of Engineering and Technology’s Office of Communications since 2002. Prior roles include the first director of development communications at Ohio University, where she wrote the proposal for the University’s then-largest gift of $20 million; communications officer for WOUB Public Media, where she produced and anchored live television and radio; and instructor of journalism and English. She also served international computer services giant EDS, now an HP company, in brand management and annual reports, among other corporate communications. Carow has performed her music across the region and has acted in many short films. A licensed foster parent since 2012, she adopted her young niece and nephew into her family to join her birth son; and she stays in regular touch with the toddler girl she fostered, who is now in third grade. She has volunteered for the Nelsonville Music Festival for almost 10 years and is a member of the Ohio University Child Development Center Parent Advisory Board. Carow, who moved to Athens from the Chicago suburbs to attend Ohio University for a love of writing and the University’s campus beauty, holds an M.B.A., an M.A. in English, and a B.S. in Journalism, all from Ohio University.