January 11, 2013
Westerville, OH—Otterbein University Board of Trustees recently announced to its faculty and staff the acquisition of 25 acres of property adjacent to its campus, extending from Cleveland Avenue to its facility at 60 Collegeview Rd.
According to Chairman of the Board Tom Morrison, the acquisition provides several key opportunities for Otterbein, both now and in the future. “First, it allows for future expansion of our campus to the west to serve our academic, scholarship and service missions and the development of a defined western campus. Second, it helps us overcome the limitations of our current landlocked central campus and, instead, yields flexibility to imagine and conceive of future initiatives on the west campus,” said Morrison.
As part of Otterbein’s Campus Master Planning process, consultants and participants identified the Collegeview property as a key opportunity for the beginning of future expansion. Specific plans for the newly acquired property will be the subject of upcoming feasibility studies. The next steps in this planning process will engage the campus community during the Spring semester. “This is much more than a strategic investment for Otterbein. It’s a transformative addition to our campus,” said Mark Thresher, vice chairman of the Board.
This acquisition marks a significant moment in Otterbein’s history. “It offers our community the opportunity to realize a new vision for our future,” said Otterbein President Kathy Krendl. “We are writing the chapters that will define Otterbein in the 21st century.”