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

John Comerford, Ph.D., Selected as Otterbein University’s 21st President


Comerford brings a record of success in enrollment and financial growth to the position.

Westerville, OH— A college president with extensive experience in promoting access, affordability, diversity and career preparation has been selected as the 21st president of Otterbein University. 

John Comerford, Ph.D., president of Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, was selected after a months-long search that drew nearly 80 applicants from across the nation. He will take his post on July 1, 2018.

“We had a wealth of highly qualified candidates who applied for the position but John Comerford stood out from the start,” said Mark Thresher, chair of the Otterbein Board of Trustees and CFO of Nationwide. “His proven commitment to inclusion, innovation, access and affordability closely align with Otterbein’s values, while his experience promises to advance Otterbein in these areas and others.”

“I am honored and humbled to be joining the Otterbein University and Westerville communities. Otterbein is an innovative and inclusive institution that has combined its traditional commitment to the liberal arts with new and exciting academic and co-curricular offerings,” Comerford said. “I am moved by Otterbein’s history and commitment to ensuring higher education remains accessible and affordable, while maintaining academic excellence, no matter a student’s family financial situation. We need institutions that are willing to be leaders in this area.”

John Comerford, Ph.D., comes to Otterbein University with a record of commitment and advocacy for higher education and liberal arts colleges. He has served as president of Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, since 2013, where he has been at the center of a number of innovative programs designed to enhance student access and learning.

Comerford was chosen to lead Otterbein following an eight-month nationwide search by a 12-person search committee in consultation with an expanded group of 10 campus representatives. The committee included representatives from all Otterbein constituencies, including trustees, students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni, as well as the Westerville community.

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Comerford was introduced to the Otterbein and central Ohio communities at an announcement at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24.

Comerford was introduced to the Otterbein and central Ohio communities at an announcement at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24.

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.

Ashland University Names New President

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University Board of Trustees has announced that it has hired Dr. Carlos Campo as the 30th president of Ashland University. Campo has considerable experience in higher education, including serving as president of Regent University. He will start in his new role on June 1, 2015.

“We have conducted a thorough, national search for our next leader, and we are very excited to be able to announce that Dr. Carlos Campo has been selected to serve as the next president of Ashland University,” said AU Board Chair Lisa Miller. “Dr. Campo is a proven, highly motivated and accomplished higher education professional with more than 25 years of exemplary experience, from professor to university president.”

Campo replaces Dr. William Crothers, who is serving as an interim president for one year while the board launched a national search for the new president.

The newly selected president and his wife, Karen, said they were anxious to get settled in Ashland.

“Karen and I look forward to getting to know the Ashland community,” Campo said. “In our brief visit, we were impressed by how kindly we were treated and the real sense of community we felt.”

Campo also noted that “the Ashland University community blends excellence and tradition in such a way that reflected their commitment to quality and the individual. We are honored and blessed to become a part of Eagle Nation.”