Campus Center

Campus Center Renovation and The Grove Project

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Please watch for additional details coming soon about Otterbein's Campus Center renovation project! 

Thank you to these generous donors for their early support of the Campus Center and The Grove!
  • Special Gifts to the Grove Project:


  • Special Gifts to the Campus Center:
    • Jack '66 and Karen Persson '67 Whalen - $50,000
    • Robert Woodruff '67 - $30,000
    • Nancy Staby Boardman '67 - $10,000


Our Vision:
The revitalized Otterbein University Campus Center will be an inviting and welcoming place, with dynamic and innovative spaces to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. The Center will honor the traditional character and values of the campus community and share the Otterbein story with all those who experience it.

Students in Campus Center LoungeFrom the time it was built in the late 1960's, the Campus Center has served as the heart of the University community for thousands of Otterbein students, faculty, alumni and friends. Centrally located and serving as a gateway to academic, residential and extracurricular areas—the Campus Center has been the hub of bustling activity over the years, bringing together the Otterbein community in a multitude of meaningful ways. 

While each student's academic experience is at the core of Otterbein's mission, the well-being of our students is crucial in recruitment and retention efforts. Providing a common place for students and campus community to gather, connect, relax, share a meal and discover ways to learn and grow is critical for Otterbein's future. A renovated Campus Center will allow for necessary updates to the building infrastructure with 21st century technology updates and accessibility modifications, so all students and visitors can use the spaces. 

Initial discussions about the Campus Center renovation have identified sustainability as well as additional space for student organizations, activities and services, all in a versatile, open, multipurpose layout. Also envisioned in the renovated space will be several lounge areas, informal meeting spaces and technology workstations–all of which are desired Campus Center elements of current and prospective students.  

The revitalized Campus Center and The Grove will fulfill a variety of needs, including: 

• Foster healthy lifestyles through enhanced dining options and setups that promote healthy eating and socializing. 

• Provide an enhanced environment for our model community of educators, leaders and learners who set the pace for higher education and contribute to the common good. 

• Provide a space that all members of the Otterbein community can use for lifelong learning and social endeavors, including alumni, parents and friends of the University. 

• Provide a space to showcase the achievements of our students, faculty and alumni and demonstrate the impact and legacy Otterbein has toward our community and common good.  

• Honor the generosity of our donors and model community citizens in helping to grow the culture of philanthropy at Otterbein University. 

“The Grove concept is very exciting and forward thinking. It establishes a pedestrian mall and community space through the closure of Grove Street between Main and Home streets, with water features, seating and tables—all to foster a social gathering space en route to classes, dining and living." – President Kathy Krendl

The GroveThe seed gift for the creation of The Grove comes from Otterbein alumna, Annie Upper '86, who shared, “...the Grove will create a very calm and serene place for students walking to and from class. It’s really important for me to see that on campus.” Once realized, the goal of The Grove is to create a central green space gathering spot that connects the campus, community, Otterbein’s traditions and physical beauty. 

For more information about supporting the Campus Center and/or The Grove Project, please contact Michael McGreevey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at 614.823.1305 or


The Office of Development is located in Hancock House at 111 West Park Street.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Contact Development
Michael McGreevey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
p/ 614.823.1305

Kathleen Bonte, Executive Director of Development for Organizational and Special Giving
p/ 614.823.2707