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Leading Otterbein into a bright future.

The Otterbein University governance system is designed so that all segments of the university community are represented on legislative bodies, including the Senate and the Board of Trustees.

Otterbein’s Senate was established in 1970, and was the first university governance system of its kind, combining faculty, students, and administrators. Today, the Senate oversees such campus issues as: establishing academic standards and policies for admission, retention, curriculum and graduation of students; policies affecting student welfare; and educational aims and purposes of the university. Senate members vote on issues that are then recommended to the Board of Trustees for approval.

Many Boards include alumni and community members in their ranks. But Otterbein’s Board of Trustees also includes elected student and faculty trustees as full voting members. The Board also oversees Otterbein’s Cabinet, which is comprised of the vice presidents and appointees of the President. The President presides over Senate and Cabinet and is a member of the Board.

Staff Council, Faculty Council, and Administrative Assembly also represent the interests of campus community members.


President John Comerford and his Cabinet have an inspired vision for Otterbein.

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Board of Trustees

Under Chairman Mark R. Thresher, the Board of Trustees guides Otterbein strategically into the future.

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/ Fast Facts

Location / Westerville, OH
President / John Comerford, Ph.D.
Mascot / Cardy the Cardinal
Colors / Tan and Cardinal
Founded / 1847
Students / approx. 2,900
Students to faculty / 12:1
Majors / 74
Minors / 44
Graduate Programs / 8 - learn more