NORCROSS, Ga., Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ashworth College, a leader in online education, today announced that it has appointed Richard J. Wion to its Board of Directors.
Mr. Wion brings to Ashworth (http://www.ashworthcollege.edu) a wealth of technology experience that comes from working with organizations spanning start-ups to the Fortune 50. His areas of expertise encompass digital marketing, social media, e-commerce and web-based learning.
As Director of Social Media for McDonald's USA – Wion is responsible for social media strategies and integration for McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants.
Gary Keisling, Ashworth College Chairman and CEO, said, "Richard Wion brings to Ashworth a wealth of technology experience and a proven track record in digital and social marketing. On behalf of the Board of Directors of Ashworth College, I am pleased to welcome Rick to our Board and look forward to his contributions as we grow our business."
Prior to joining McDonald's, Wion served as Vice President of Social Media for Golin Harris, an international public relations agency and as Director of Web Services for SmithBucklin, a leading association management organization.
A member of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and the Society for Information Management, Wion has appeared as a featured speaker on technology trends for numerous organizations including Social Media Business Council, Public Relations Society of America, Business Development Institute and WOMMA. He has also written numerous articles on Internet technology and lifestyles for the Chicago Tribune and a variety of national magazines.
Wion holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
About Ashworth College
offers students worldwide more than 100 online degrees, online certificate programs, online career training and online high school diplomas. Ashworth is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. For more information, visit http://www.ashworthcollege.edu.
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