Director, Annual Giving & Communications
Michael Hires was hired by the Wheeling Park Commission as Director of Special Events and Programming in 2017. The following year he was asked to assist the Oglebay Foundation with events and communications and in 2020 he was appointed Director of Annual Giving & Communication for the foundation. He launched the Oglebay Foundation’s American Ideal quarterly newsletter in 2019. His prior experience in the Ohio Valley includes Marketing and Communications for the Wheeling Symphony and Office Management for In Wheeling Magazine. Michael spent more than 20 years in the publishing industry working across print, television, online, and mobile media platforms. A graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C. Michael moved to Wheeling in 2011 after 16 years in Chicago. He is chair of the Oglebay Institute’s Museums Committee.