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Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Executive Director named Otterbein graduate commencement speaker

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Executive Director named Otterbein graduate commencement speaker


Otterbein University has selected Daniel Keenan, executive director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation as its graduate commencement speaker. Keenan will speak at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, in the Rike Center on the Otterbein campus.

“We are fortunate to welcome such an outstanding professional who embodies the values of our university,” said Otterbein President Kathy Krendl. “Daniel has much wisdom to share with our graduates as they embark on their journeys into the world.”

Keenan was named the executive director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in Cleveland in August 2015, after serving as superintendent of the Westlake City Schools for seven years.

His prestigious 21-year tenure in public schools included teaching and coaching in three school districts in Indiana and Ohio and serving as an administrator in three northeast Ohio school districts.

Keenan received Cleveland State University’s Distinguished Alumni Award for his contributions to public education in 2012 and was named Ohio’s superintendent of the year by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators in 2014.

He graduated from Purdue University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1993 and a master’s degree in education administration with an emphasis in gifted education in 1995. In 2005, he was awarded the doctor of philosophy degree in urban education from Cleveland State University.

For more details on the 2018 Otterbein graduate commencement ceremony, visit the official website.