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Otterbein President Krendl leads the way with new Kindness collaboration

Otterbein President Krendl leads the way with new Kindness collaboration

During the annual Welcome Back Celebration on Monday, Aug. 14, Otterbein University President Kathy Krendl discussed the university’s kind culture and value system since its founding in 1847.

“At Otterbein, kindness is about genuine regard, the care and the conviction to ease someone’s burden, to advance knowledge, to nurture civility, to build community and certainly to advance the common good,” Krendl said.

Otterbein is joining an effort to inspire kindness in central Ohio. Otterbein’s pledge as the lead university in this effort encourages our students, alumni, donors, friends and employees to give gifts and perform acts of kindness that make a difference.

To kick off the Kindness Matters initiative, Oakland Nursery donated red planted flowers that were given to faculty and staff at the annual Welcome Back Celebration. Recipients were asked to pass the flowers to another person as an act of kindness. The initiative is part of The Columbus Foundation’s Kind Columbus project.

The Cardinal community will document actions and programs that help ease someone’s burden, advance knowledge, nurture civility, build community and advance the common good. A website will be launched where pictures and reflections can be posted. There will be a research component to the initiative, as well.

“Kindness Matters means the communities of Westerville and Otterbein will intersect in new ways,” said Krendl. “This is who we are and what we do. Kindness is in Otterbein’s DNA.”

With Kindness Matters, a new dual enrollment program with Columbus State Community College, a strong commitment to access and affordability with no tuition increases since 2013, outreach programs to Columbus City Schools graduates yielding 94 percent retention, the most diverse incoming class in Otterbein’s history with 20 percent students of color and The Point at Otterbein University innovation center, President Kathy Krendl has strategically placed Otterbein at the forefront of education and innovation for years to come.

”What an exciting living, learning, and working environment lies ahead for all of us and for this institution and the not-quite-so-quiet-anymore village we have come to love,” said Krendl.

Otterbein University President Kathy A. Krendl, Ph.D., announced her plans to retire at the end of June 2018, and her efforts to ensure the vitality and legacy of Otterbein as a model community will carry on boldly into the future.

“President Krendl and her leadership team have made significant contributions to improve the campus, the experiences of its students, faculty, staff and alumni as well forming strong networks in central Ohio and beyond,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Thresher, executive vice president and CFO of Nationwide.

Krendl has and will continue to work to position Otterbein for continued success through increasing fundraising efforts, launching new academic programs, diversifying revenue sources, building relationships with business and community leaders, establishing partnerships with women’s organizations, and collaborating with non-profits and other higher education institutions.


For more photos from the 2017 Welcome Back Celebration, visit our photo gallery.

Read more about Otterbein University President Kathy Krendl’s retirement announcement online.