• 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
  • Richard “Dick” P. LeGrand '62

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)

Betsy Salt opens the doors for students to study abroad

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Appreciation for Broadening Horizons Through the Liberal Arts and Travel, Spurs Gift

From the icy shores of Antarctica to the sandy beaches of the Palau Islands in the Pacific, Betsy Salt’s intrepid travels have taken her to the far reaches of the world and allowed her to enjoy its natural wonders and myriad cultures.

In all, Betsy has visited 80 countries during a life-long adventure that began during her freshman year in college and continued during her long tenure as a cataloger and metadata librarian at Otterbein’s Courtright Memorial Library. Now she wants to help Otterbein students have the sort of life-changing experiences that she is firmly convinced come with traveling and studying abroad.

With that in mind, Betsy has established the “Elizabeth A. Salt Travel Endowed Scholarship Fund” at Otterbein. Her generosity will provide students who may not be able to afford international travel with the opportunity to benefit from global experiential learning.

Her significant gift supports the University’s $50 million “Where We Stand Matters” campaign and fits nicely with one of its overarching priorities -- “Building a Model Community.”

“Studying abroad was one of the most broadening things I did in college,” Betsy says, “and I want to give Otterbein students the opportunity to do that, too, even if they lack the financial means.”



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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