Wittenberg University

Wittenberg University Selects 15th President

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - The Wittenberg University Board of Directors has unanimously selected Dr. Michael Frandsen, vice president for finance and administration at Oberlin College, as Wittenberg’s 15th president. Frandsen will begin his tenure July 1, 2017.

“Wittenberg is extremely blessed to have found in Mike an outstanding leader in higher education and a passionate advocate for the liberal arts who exemplifies our mission,” said the Rev. Jonathan Eilert, chair of the Wittenberg Board of Directors and chair of the presidential search committee. “Mike clearly sees the big picture, finds the intersections that create opportunity, seeks creative solutions, and collaborates and communicates effectively with constituents, all while staying focused on our students and their personal and professional success. We are thrilled to have attracted such a distinguished leader, and we are convinced that he will take Wittenberg to new heights of excellence.”

Frandsen’s selection follows a six-month national search led by a 15-member search committee comprised of Board members, faculty, staff, community representatives, alumni and students, and managed by Tom Courtice of TBC Search Consulting, L.L.C. A total of 90 applications were submitted for the position.

More information about Frandsen can be found online at www.wittenberg.edu.

2015 OFIC Hall of Excellence Inductees Announced

The OFIC Selection Committee for the 2015 Hall of Excellence and Earl F. Morris Trustee Award has met and selected this year’s inductees. 

                                         The 2015 inductees to the OFIC Hall of Excellence will be:

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Paul W. Lingle (Wittenberg University)
Owner & President, Lingle Real Estate
President, Meadow Park Inc
President, Bayberry Development Group



Sidney Mishkin (Wilmington College)
Mishkin + Duvall (Retired Attorney)




Gregory L. Moore (Ohio Wesleyan University)
Editor-in-Chief, The Denver Post and Central Editor of Digital First Media



Lt. General Loren Reno (Cedarville University)
Dean, School of Business Administration at Cedarville University and 3-Star General (Retired) U.S. Air Force



The recipient of The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’
Earl F. Morris Trustee Award is:

Dr. C. Richard Beckett
Board of Trustees, The University of Findlay (1985 to present)

An OFIC volunteer will also be recognized for exceptional and dedicated service to OFIC and its mission to provide access to private higher education for Ohio’s students.  To be honored as Volunteer of the Year is:

Jeffrey E. Hastings
Market President, Central Ohio, and Manager of Commercial Banking
U.S. Bank

Additionally, a student from an OFIC member institution will be recognized for initiative, achievement and excellence in service-learning. 

This year’s recipient of the 2015 OFIC Student Service-Learning Leadership Award is Rachel Auerbach from Denison University. Rachel is a double major in Environmental Studies and Women's Studies. 

For more information about the Evening of Excellence, read more here.