Erich Hunker '81 has been the Assistant Head of School for Development and External Relations at Columbus Academy since 1999, and also serves as an upper school advisor. Erich’s current position at Academy involves day-to-day management of the school's fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications programs, as well as executive-level administrative decision making. In his early years at CA, Erich was also the pitching coach for the middle school baseball team, a role he greatly enjoyed. Erich was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and as a child aspired to work in law enforcement. That dream came true as after college Erich worked for three years as a Special Agent with the Criminal Division of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Erich then moved into non-profit management and leadership where he worked exclusively for independent schools and in the zoo and aquarium field. Outside of his role at CA, Erich enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and serving on the boards for both The Dawes Arboretum and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Erich’s favorite thing about Columbus Academy

Raising philanthropic support for the school is so rewarding since the school changed the trajectory of my life when I was a student here.  It’s especially great when a parent or alum is so inspired to give to the school to change kids’ lives and provide the very best education possible for them and others in Central Ohio.”

If you could take a class taught by anyone, who would the teacher be and why?

“Any class in Public Administration my father taught at Ohio State. My dad taught at OSU for 51 years (mostly in Geography, City and Regional Planning, and later in Public Admin.), and he was absolutely the smartest and most knowledgeable person I have ever known. His students loved his courses and him. Just ask Les Wexner, a former student of my dad’s!”

Little-known fact

“While working at The Toledo Zoo, I was the creator and executive producer of the Zoo’s weekly television show called “Zoo Today.” It was the number one rated show in its time slot, the number one rated children’s show in the market, and, it won three regional EMMY awards. The Zoo still has the EMMYS but I have to say it was pretty cool to accept them at the annual awards program and to see my name on them!”

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