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Otterbein alumnus and student recognized at OFIC Evening of Excellence

Otterbein alumnus and student recognized at OFIC Evening of Excellence


Otterbein was well-represented at the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) Evening of Excellence on April 11, as an alumnus was inducted into the Hall of Excellence and a student scholarship recipient addressed the audience.

Student Erick Pless, a junior public accounting major from Cleveland, talked about his college experience and how the OFIC FirstEnergy Scholarship has helped him along the way.

Mark Thresher ’78, chair of Otterbein’s board of trustees, was the guest of honor as he was inducted into the OFIC Hall of Excellence.

Thresher is executive vice president, chief financial officer of Nationwide, and chair of the Otterbein University Board of Trustees. His life and work embody the value of private higher education. While still a student at Otterbein interning at KPMG, the company recognized his talent and offered him a position. That early experience launched a career that would culminate in his current position with one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the country. Nationwide is rated A+ by A.M. Best and ranks at 85 on the Fortune 500 list. In addition to serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer since 2009, Thresher leads Nationwide’s corporate strategy, Nationwide’s investment operations and Nationwide Realty Investments.

Thresher joined Nationwide in 1996, serving first as the vice president and treasurer for Nationwide Insurance Enterprise. He was quickly promoted to vice president of Nationwide Financial Services. In this position he led the effort to take Nationwide Financial Services through the Initial Public Offering (IPO), which took place in March of 1997. Nationwide Financial Services is the Life and Retirement Services arm of the Nationwide Insurance Organization.

He was elected to senior vice president of the organization in 1999.  He became chief financial officer for Nationwide Financial Services in 2002 and was given the responsibility for their retirement plans businesses serving over 48,000 clients in the private and public sectors.

In 2004, Thresher was named president and chief operating officer of Nationwide Financial Services. Prior to joining Nationwide, he spent 18 years with KPMG LLP. During his last eight years there he served as the lead engagement partner on a number of insurance organizations throughout the country.

He is past chair of the COSI Columbus Board of Trustees and a past member of the OFIC Board of Trustees, serving on the program services committee. He was the campaign chair for the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) from 2009-2011.