Mary Ann Gawelek, Ed.D., Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, has been appointed the 10th President of Lourdes University. After conducting a national search which garnered candidates from 11 states, Dr. Gawelek was selected overwhelmingly by Lourdes University, its sponsor the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania and the institution’s Board of Trustees. She will begin her role as President on July 1, 2016, with an inauguration planned during the 2016-2017 academic year.
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 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.
Thankful for organizations like @BankofAmerica that understand the importance of workforce development and independent higher education!
The Muskingum University Board of Trustees, after a unanimous vote, today announced the appointment of Dr. Susan Schneider Hasseler as Muskingum’s twenty-first president. Dr. Hasseler will take office on July 1, 2016. She succeeds Dr. Anne C. Steele who has served as President since January 1, 2000, leading Muskingum through 16 years of unprecedented institutional development.
“I am delighted and honored to be selected to lead this exceptional group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters into the future,” said Dr. Hasseler. “Muskingum University provides that powerful combination of rich tradition, deep dedication to service and a robust commitment to innovation and excellence that prepares its graduates to transform the world.”
“Dr. Hasseler’s values, experience and vision uniquely qualify her to advance Muskingum’s mission and continue the University’s tremendous progress into the future,” said Harold W. Burlingame ’62, Executive Vice President Retired, AT&T Human Resources, and Chair of Muskingum’s Board of Trustees.
“Dr. Hasseler is a respected academic leader, teacher and scholar, with deep commitments to inclusivity, community engagement, service and building local, regional and national partnerships,” he added.
Burlingame thanked the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee, chaired by Muskingum Trustee Robert W. Patin Jr. ’64, and commended their dedicated efforts throughout the 10-month search process.
ABOUT DR. SUSAN S. HASSELER
Dr. Susan Hasseler is currently senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she oversees a wide array of undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs, academic support operations and cross-disciplinary centers and institutes.
She has worked with the president and her colleagues to help Augustana broaden student audiences and build a sustainable future through developing and implementing a new strategic plan; creating an integrated student success and career center; establishing a new Office of Graduate and Continuing Education and launching multiple new graduate programs; leading a revitalization of the liberal arts core and first year experience; introducing collaborative enrollment, retention and branding initiatives; and participating in the development and launch of a new comprehensive campaign.
She was previously dean of the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences and Dean of Community Engagement at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and Associate dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Teacher Education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
As a faculty member, Dr. Hasseler served as professor and associate professor of education at Calvin College and as assistant professor of education at Michigan State University. She has published extensively and presented widely on the topics of educational leadership, inclusivity, international education and cross-cultural experiences.
An active leader in national higher education associations, she is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Academic Deans and presents regularly for the Council of Independent Colleges. She serves in multiple community organizations including the Sioux Empire United Way, the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls.
Dr. Hasseler holds a B.S. in elementary and special education from Calvin College, an M.A. in special education from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.
She is married to neuropsychologist Kenneth Hasseler, who also earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. They enjoy the visual and performing arts, athletics, campus and alumni events, hiking, biking, exploring the art, architecture and geography of new places, and spending time with their daughter, Kaitlin, and their son, Jon and his wife Mallory.
The 12th president of Lake Erie College was announced, following a unanimous vote at the board meeting Saturday.
Dr. Brian D. Posler, Provost and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, will take office June 15.
Stetson University provost chosen to lead Capital University
Capital University's new president-elect spent years as a psychology professor — a background she says has been invaluable throughout her career as a higher-education administrator.
"It definitely comes in handy," said Elizabeth L. Paul this morning, after she was introduced as Capital's 16th president. She will succeed President Denvy Bowman, who said last year that he will retire in June 2016.
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?
OBERLIN, Ohio - Brian Alegant, a music theory professor at Oberlin College, was named one of four national Professors of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The board of trustees of The College of Wooster has chosen Sarah Bolton, dean of the college and professor of physics at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., to become Wooster's twelfth president. She will assume her new duties on July 1, 2016.
OFIC is pleased to announce that Libbey Inc. and the TimkenSteel Corporation have combined funds to award four grants of $5,000 to support diversity programs on member campuses to be implemented during the 2015-16 academic year. Programs address all forms of diversity (ethnic, gender, national origin [language barriers], sexual orientation, etc.) and embrace campus diversity.
LGBTQ Online: Creating a Safe and Supporting Campus for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning students through interactive online modules for faculty, staff and students
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
The MVNU SHINE FORTH Mural Project
Promoting ongoing conversations about race and privilege at Otterbein University
Wilmington College CONNECTIONS
Lou Holtz always provides insightful motivation and plenty of laughs.
2015 OFIC Fall Diversity Forum hosted at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center and sponsored by Libbey Inc. & TimkenSteel Corporation.
OHIO’S CORPORATIONS FIND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
By Gordon Brollier, president of The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges
The 2014/15 OFIC Annual Campaign was record-breaking. See how your gifts are changing the lives of the 95,000 students attending our member colleges and universities in our annual report/case statement. Also, find out how Ohio's independent colleges are making a difference by viewing the latest statistics in our graphs & supporting materials.
2015 OFIC Fall Board Meeting
On the campus of John Carroll University
The University of Mount Union is on a list of "50 Best Colleges for Female Athletes" in a ranking done by niche.com.
The Purple Raiders were the highest ranked Ohio school at No. 28, three spots ahead of Ohio State.
The rankings are out of 703 colleges based on NCAA Championship appearances, percentage of female students participating in varsity sports, and over 200,000 student opinions from nearly 75,000 students.
Featured guest article from Nicholas R. Santilli, Ph.D. - Notre Dame College