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Otterbein Towers: Allen Prindle - Legacy of Economics

Otterbein Towers: Allen Prindle - Legacy of Economics

Editor's Note: This and other stories appear in the Summer 2017 edition of Otterbein Towers Magazine, available online now.

In his tenure at Otterbein University, Allen Prindle has been a relentless advocate for his students and advisees. He has connected many of them with the strong alumni network of the University, often helping them receive relevant internships.

Prindle, who retired from Otterbein this spring, received the 2017 Mentor Impact Award, presented by the Office of Alumni Relations. He taught students economics for 30 years.

“This is very meaningful to me,” Prindle said about receiving the Mentor Impact Award. “This means alumni said it mattered that I helped them.”

Based in part upon a six-month stay in Japan as part of a cultural exchange program while in college, Prindle set up an exchange program between Otterbein and Maastricht University of the Netherlands in 2001. More than 40 Otterbein students have participated in the exchange since, studying business or economics for one semester. An equal number of Maastricht students attended Otterbein and were free to take any course, even participate in the band or a varsity sport like tennis.

“Each of those students will say it was their most exciting and meaningful experience in the four years that they were at Otterbein,” Prindle said about the Maastricht exchange program.

Prindle has been active with environmental issues on campus, in the local community and at the state level. He wrote two widely distributed papers (Causes and Consequences of Ohio Farmland Conversion and Ohio Land Use Trends) for the Ohio Farmland Preservation Task Force, which was set up in 1996. He also served on a Westerville Citizens Advisory Committee and helped prepare a comprehensive plan for the city. 

Read the entire Summer 2017 edition of Otterbein Towers Magazine online now.