• Nevalyn Nevil '71 sits in the balcony in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, at Otterbein University
  • Richard “Dick” P. LeGrand '62
  • Tim Mosher ’14 is decontaminated during the Ebola Outbreak in Africa
  • Campaign Priorities

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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Presidential Perspective: On Legacies and Treasured Traditions (Part 1)
Discover the hopes these leaders have for their legacies and the treasured places on campus that have inspired each. (Segment uploaded June 2015)

Mark '78 & Debbie '77 Thresher

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Donor Spotlight

Mark ’78 and Debbie ’77 Thresher Create a Fellowship for the Place that “started it all.”

The Threshers have never forgotten how their experiences at Otterbein helped prepare them for life.

Mark has advanced to top leadership posts at Nationwide Insurance – he’s now chief financial officer -- and serves as chairman of Otterbein’s Board of Trustees. Debbie has been a music educator, first as a teacher for 10 years in public schools and at Powell United Methodist Church the past 19 years.

“Deb and I wouldn’t be here doing what we do today without Otterbein. The best thing about an Otterbein education is it prepares you for life, not just a career,” says Mark.

It became obvious to the couple that supporting the university’s $50 million “Where We Stand Matters” campaign was critically important. The Threshers are making gifts totaling $500,000 to establish a scholarship fund for music education majors and a fellowship that will support experiential learning at Otterbein.

Both recall how Otterbein helped them become confident young adults prepared to meet the challenges ahead. For example, Debbie says she was shy when she came to Otterbein, but a speech class helped bring her out of her shell. “That made a big difference for me,” she says. “You get a really well-rounded education at Otterbein.”

The Threshers are urging all friends of the university to show their financial support at this critical point in Otterbein’s long and illustrious history.

“We have 34 private colleges in Ohio,” Mark says, “and we maybe need 20. The question is: ‘Who’s going to survive?’ We will survive, but we need to be even better to have a great future. We need this level of financial support for our programs.”



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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