• Professor Beth Daugherty
  • Trustee member Alec Wightman recognizes Otterbein’s vision and lends support in various ways
  • Virginia Longmire lights up Battelle Hall
  • Nevalyn Nevil '71 sits in the balcony in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, at Otterbein University

Otterbein stands ready to make a difference.

Will you stand with Otterbein?

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Campaign Priorities

This historic $50 million campaign—the value, the people and purpose for which it stands—will position Otterbein to stand strong among the great institutions of our country. Learn how this campaign will ensure Otterbein graduates are prepared to stand out as leaders and learners.

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Ways to Give

Every gift impacts Otterbein’s ability to assist our students in achieving their personal best, our faculty in conceiving the smartest way to learn, our University in fostering a place to belong, and our community in modeling values that serve the common good.

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Who is Giving?

At Otterbein, every donor is important and every gift makes an impact.  For more than 160 years, our alumni and friends have enabled us to make an Otterbein education possible for generations of students. 

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Three Presidents. One Historic Conversation.

Presidential Perspective

You are invited to share in the highlights from a conversation between three Otterbein leaders for a rare presidential perspective about what Otterbein stands for and why its commitment to put students first truly matters. 

  • President Emeritus Thomas Kerr: a builder of ideas—his leadership reflected an expansion of Otterbein’s knowledge infrastructure.

  • President Emeritus C. Brent DeVore: a builder of place—his leadership reflected expansion on nearly every front of campus and a heightened call to service.

  • President Kathy A. Krendl: a pioneer in her own right—her leadership will ensure Otterbein stands strong into the 21st century.

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The presidents of Otterbein University discuss what the institution stands for, how the faculty and students work together to accomplish a common goal of success, whilst creating a lasting impression.

ElDoris McFarland

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Donor Spotlight

Gifted Teacher and Steadfast Supporter Prepares Next Generation

Talk with ElDoris McFarland ’53 at some length, and it become clears why support for teaching at the elementary education level is the focus of her philanthropy at Otterbein.

The retired kindergarten teacher lights up when recalling some of her classroom experiences, including the year when she developed a dinosaur-themed program to help her students get excited about learning. It included making clay dinosaurs by forming, firing and glazing them with colors, singing songs, dancing, writing stories about the amazing prehistoric creatures, and a field trip to the old Memorial Hall in downtown Columbus.

“I was known as the dinosaur lady,” ElDoris says, adding one student’s mother even crocheted a brontosaurus for her. “I still have it. That was quite a year.”

She spent 40 years teaching kindergarteners in Columbus City Schools before retiring in 1992. Now her commitment to teaching and the youngsters still dear to her is being extended by the ElDoris McFarland Scholarship that she created with a cash gift to Otterbein in 2006. The income from the fund is used to provide scholarships for undergraduates majoring in education with a focus on grades K-4.



April 25, 2015: Legacy Leaders Discuss Value of Otterbein

Alumni from the ‘70s and ‘80s shared in an important conversation with fellow trustees to discuss what this campaign means to Otterbein’s future.

It was evident that what Otterbein stands for on the higher education landscape matters. It was also clear that these trustees credit Otterbein with preparing them to realize the leaders each were capable of becoming.

Learn more about the challenges facing higher education and the shared story of the value of the Otterbein experience. Watch this video and join in building the next generation of Otterbein leaders. 

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