• Mark '78 & Debbie '77 Thresher Create a Fellowship for Otterbein's Well-rounded Education and the Place that "Started It All"
  • Manny Brown '09
  • Maddie Holmes '15
  • Campaign Priorities

Otterbein stands ready to make a difference.

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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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Towers Magazine

Long-Standing Loyalty
Dave Lehman's '70 connection to Otterbein runs deep, going back to his boyhood when he would peek through the fence at Memorial Stadium to watch the powerhouse Cardinal football teams in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  Continue Reading >>

Supporting Our Scholars
Mark Thresher '78 and Debbie Scott Thresher '77 will tell you the best things in their lives can be traced to an Otterbein football game in the fall of 1975.  Continue Reading >>

Changing Lives is Our Shared Story
It didn't take long for Miguel Martinez-Saenz to decide that Otterbein is a place where he could work shoulder-to-shoulder with faculty members passionate about lighting the fire of learning in students.  Continue Reading >>

Why Otterbein Matters: A Presidential Perspective
As President Krendl prepares the Otterbein community for the largest comprehensive campaign in this University’s history — there was only one place to go for understanding why a school like Otterbein matters. To advance Otterbein’s future — you value and look to your past.  Continue Reading >>

Dave and Claudia Lehman

Otterbein's Giving Campaign

Donor Spotlight

For Dave and Claudia Lehman STANDING with Otterbein is about loyalty.

That’s why this beloved coach and his wife, Claudia, decided to support a $2 million project to install a new track and turf at Memorial Stadium with their generous gift of $50,000.

“We’ve got to work hard to make sure future generations of students have the same great experiences as past generations have had at Otterbein,” Dave said.

Dave Lehman's connection to Otterbein runs deep--going back to his boyhood when he would peek through the fence at Memorial Stadium to watch the powerhouse Cardinal football teams in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Making his own mark in Otterbein athletics first as a cross country and track athlete and later as a highly successful coach in those sports for more than 40 years--Dave said it was a "dream come true" to buy a home in the shadow of Memorial Stadium. 

When the University installed a privacy fence, the Lehmans requested a gate so students had an easy pathway to their home. A welcome sign hangs on the gate, a simple yet meaningful message to all who visit the Lehmans. Countless students found a generous helping of mentoring and encouragement served alongside spaghetti dinners. Claudia says that Dave’s coaching style was about helping students be the best athletes and young adults that they could be.

“Otterbein stands for a quality education, a great overall life experience and good values,” Dave said, adding his job was about serving other people. “God has really blessed us. I thought one of my gifts could be the gift of generosity. If I’ve been blessed, then I need to help others.”



There are moments that matter.  Working together as a community to achieve the largest campaign in Otterbein’s history is one of those moments. We invite you to learn more about how you can STAND with Otterbein to protect and propel this University’s future by investing in students first.
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