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Otterbein University - President

Westerville, OH

Job Description

Otterbein University is a private, residential comprehensive Master’s institution in Westerville, Ohio and home to nearly 3,000 students. It was founded in 1847 and is associated with the United Methodist Church. In 2010, its name was reverted from Otterbein College to Otterbein University to reflect the increasing array of graduate and undergraduate programs offered.

The Otterbein University Board of Trustees invites applications and nominations for the position of president. Otterbein’s 21st president will succeed Dr. Kathy A. Krendl who will be retiring in June, 2018 after nine years of exceptional presidential leadership.

Otterbein University has a history as a national leader and a college of opportunity. The university included women as faculty members and as students from its founding, and was the first institution in the nation to be founded co-educational. The university admitted students of color before the civil war and Japanese-American students who had been sent to internment camps during World War II. These historic values are what continue to define Otterbein’s mission today—a person’s worth has never been measured by gender, color, or title. Today Otterbein is a private, nationally recognized university offering bachelors and masters degrees in an environment that encourages service-learning, provides a liberal arts core, and develops students as globally aware citizens ready to embark on successful and impactful professional careers.

Dr. Kathy A. Krendl, who has been leading the university for eight years, has well positioned Otterbein for continued success. Launching new academic partnerships, diversifying revenue streams, strengthening partnerships with business and community leaders, and establishing relationships with women’s organizations and non-profits focused on equity and inclusion are just some of the achievements that have drawn national attention to this growing and distinguished university. During the last decade, the expansion and diversification of academic programs have helped to define the unique identity of Otterbein. This includes the university’s first doctoral program, Doctor of Nursing Practice and unique majors such as zoo and conservation science, environmental health and safety engineering, and equine business management—to name a few—which help to draw attention from students across the country.

Most recently, the launch of The Point, an economic driver and collaborative partnership with business and industry, the City of Westerville and the State of Ohio, has re-defined the future of higher education as students, faculty, and partners integrate the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) fields with an experiential, hands-on learning environment. The collaboration will drive economic growth for the region through business development and job creation, while providing student experiences through internships, capstone projects, and research initiatives. This one-of-a-kind concept has been identified as a model of 21st century education.

Otterbein University’s president will build on a tremendous history of innovation, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and cutting-edge experiential learning in modern higher education. The next president will report directly to the board of trustees and be a leader of impeccable integrity and judgment with outstanding communication, relationship-building, and change-management leadership skills. The president will build upon the university’s remarkable history and success and embrace bold new opportunities for the future.

A Ph.D. or other terminal degree is preferred. In lieu of a terminal degree, candidates should have a demonstrated record of successful executive leadership and comparable credentials and/or experience sufficient to warrant the respect and complete confidence of the academic community. The next president will have experience in managing the financial and budgeting operations of a complex enterprise and the creative thinking and entrepreneurial skills necessary to identifying and implementing new revenues streams for the university. He or she will be fluent in current and emerging topics in higher education and have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity, and the ability to articulate the importance of these values for Otterbein’s past, present, and future success. Above all, he or she must be a servant leader who is committed to Otterbein’s long-term success.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a CV, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available below, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via email to Otterbein University’s consultants Ann Yates and Melissa Fincher at

Otterbein University is committed to providing a workplace that is free from discrimination. Otterbein does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military status, or veteran status in admissions, in access to, or in treatment within its educational programs or activities, in employment, recruiting, or policy administration.
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