Liberal Arts

Walsh University President Announces Retirement

North Canton, Ohio – After 18 years of monumental growth under his leadership, Walsh University President Richard Jusseaume has officially announced his retirement. Jusseaume will stay on as Walsh’s leader through the end of this fiscal year (June 30, 2019) and, to ensure a smooth transition for the new president, will remain in a consultant position for the final year of his contract. A national search to procure Walsh’s new president will commence immediately.

 As Ohio’s second longest-serving president of a four-year private university, Richard Jusseaume became the sixth president of Walsh University in 2001. Under his guidance, Walsh has experienced phenomenal growth in almost every facet of its operations including enrollment, academic programming, faculty and staff, financial resources and physical facilities. In total, he has spent five decades at Walsh in various roles including student, Dean of Students, Board of Director member, and ultimately as President. He began his career as an educator for 17 years before transitioning into corporate leadership at Graphic Enterprises Inc. He led Graphic Enterprises for another 17 years before returning to Walsh where he has just completed his 17th contract year as President.  For a complete timeline of accomplishments, visit

OFIC selects Spiker as next president

Bill Spiker

Bill Spiker

After an extensive nationwide search, Bill Spiker has been named the seventh president of The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC). Spiker will succeed Gordon R. Brollier, who earlier this year announced his plan to retire after 25 years of service.

“Bill’s knowledge of higher education, extensive and successful fundraising experience, and passion for the values found on the campuses of our 34 member colleges and universities, make him the ideal choice as our next president,” said Todd Clossin, President & CEO of WesBanco Inc. and Chair of OFIC's Board of Trustees. OFIC was founded in 1950 as a non-profit organization and is the national leader in providing unrestricted gifts and student scholarships to independent colleges and universities in Ohio. OFIC member campuses represent over 95,000 students and over 800,000 alumni. Over $150 million has been raised through OFIC efforts from corporate Ohio since the organization’s inception.

With an emphasis on fundraising, Spiker’s career spans over three decades and has included additional work in alumni relations, marketing, and admission responsibilities at Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Mount Union, The Ohio State University, and Ohio Northern University. Most recently, he led the development efforts for Cleveland Sight Center located in Cleveland’s University Circle. While at Baldwin Wallace and Cleveland State, he served as Vice President of Advancement and was the Executive Director of the CSU Foundation.

Mr. Spiker holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mount Union (Alliance) and a juris doctorate from Ohio Northern University (Ada). He is a founding member of the Northern Ohio Planned Giving Council, a 27-year member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and a member of the Cleveland chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Spiker grew up in the Eastern Ohio community of Cadiz and presently resides in Stow with his wife, Karen, and their son, Robby, a rising senior at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. They have two older daughters, Sarah Hance of Wadsworth and, Rachel, who will be a third-year law student at OSU’s Moritz College of Law in Columbus.

Spiker takes the helm of the Columbus-based non-profit following the retirement of Gordon Brollier on June 30. “Under Gordon’s 25 years of service to OFIC, the annual campaign raised over $90 million. Support for OFIC from Ohio businesses and foundations is an investment in the future of corporate Ohio,” said Michael Hilton, President & CEO of Nordson Corporation in Westlake, who serves as OFIC’s statewide chair of the 2016 campaign. “When compared to Ohio’s public universities, independent college students simply outperform on measures including higher four-year graduation rates, lower student debt, larger percentage of first-generation students, a shorter time to complete degrees, higher graduation rates for minority students, and a focus on critical thinking and the liberal arts,” said Hilton.

Marietta names Dr. William Ruud as its 19th President

Marietta College announced today that Dr. William N. Ruud, current President at the University of Northern Iowa, will be the College’s 19th President. Dr. Ruud will succeed Dr. Joseph Bruno, whose four-year tenure at Marietta ended on May 13.

Dr. Ruud will begin his Marietta presidency on July 3, and Tim Cooper ’73 will serve as interim President until his arrival.

Being a Globally Oriented College

By Adam Weinberg
President, Denison University

What does it mean to be a globally oriented college? Are some international experiences better than others? Are colleges doing enough to integrate international students on their own campuses? And what steps can we take to improve global education for college students?

Value of a college degree becomes more evident than ever (MSN Money)

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© Andrew Rich/Getty Images 

Factory jobs dwindled over the past several decades, and instead of low-skill, low-wage service work filling the void left by manufacturing's decline, a new report shows that college-educated workers have taken over a much bigger share of the economy. 

While the makeup of the labor force has changed, the shift has not been from a manufacturing-driven economy to one underpinned by legions of people in dead-end fast-food jobs. Rather, the country's economic value is now largely propped up by college graduates.

For the report, published Monday by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown's Anthony Carnevale and Stephen Rose analyzed several sets of government data to show that job opportunities for college-educated workers have grown, and college graduates produce more than half of the country's economic value. From 1967 to 2007, the share of high- skill management and professional jobs rose 14 percent, and that those jobs represent 35 percent of all U.S. jobs. Over the same period, opportunities for low-skill workers declined 10 percent. These low-skill labor roles, such as fast-food server, retail worker, and dishwasher, now make up only 29 percent of jobs...

We don’t need more STEM majors...

We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training.

The ability to draw from other disciplines produces better scientists. (The Washington Post)

In business and at every level of government, we hear how important it is to graduate more students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math, as our nation’s competitiveness depends on it...