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Otterbein University’s New President to Speak at Graduate Guest Lecture on Oct. 16

September 10, 2018
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Graduate School’s annual fall Executive Guest Lecture Series will feature Otterbein’s 21st president, John Comerford, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at The Point, 60 Collegeview Road. A reception starts at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m. Comerford will discuss how graduate programs will continue to impact the growth and innovation of not only the Westerville community, but central Ohio and beyond.

Comerford comes to Otterbein with over 20 years of experience in university leadership, including the past 13 years at liberal arts institutions. His most recent role was at Blackburn College in downstate Illinois, where he served as president. During his time there, the institution achieved enrollment growth through a focus on underserved populations, a record-breaking fundraising campaign, the launch of new academic and co-curricular programs, investments in faculty/staff compensation, and the renovation of four major campus buildings. 

Prior to Blackburn, Comerford worked at Westminster College (Missouri), Missouri Western State University, and Ball State University (Indiana). He studied political science as an undergraduate student at Western Illinois University and thought he was headed to law school until a mentor told him he might enjoy a student affairs profession. That led him to earn a master’s degree in student personnel administration at the University of Central Missouri. He earned his doctorate degree in higher education administration at the University of Kansas, where he also worked on a Lumina Grant to study student migration patterns.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Register at https://otterbeinguestlecturefall2018.eventbrite.com. Contact the Graduate School at grad@otterbein.edu with questions.

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