University Leadership & Board of Trustees

Officers of the University
Chair of the Board Mark R. Thresher ’78
Vice Chair William E. Harrell, Jr. ’94
Vice Chair Cheryl L. Herbert
Secretary Christopher Kaiser
Assistant Secretary Alan Waterhouse ’82
President of the University John Comerford, Ph.D.
CFO/Vice President for Business Affairs Susan Bolt
Executive Committee
Chair of the Board Mark R. Thresher ’78
Vice Chair William E. Harrell, Jr. ’94
Vice Chair Cheryl L. Herbert
Secretary Christopher Kaiser ’77
Assistant Secretary Alan Waterhouse ’82
President of the University John Comerford, Ph.D.

University President

John Comerford

John Comerford

President


John Comerford, Ph.D., comes to Otterbein University with a record of commitment and advocacy for higher education and liberal arts colleges. He has served as president of Blackburn College in…

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President's Cabinet

Susan Bolt

Susan Bolt

CFO and Vice President for Business Affairs


Susan most recently served as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana from 2013 – 2018.  She is a senior-level executive with extensive…

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Erin Bender

Erin Bender

Executive Director of The Point


Erin Bender is founding Executive Director of The Point at Otterbein University – a new collaboration, education and innovation center made possible by public officials at all levels of…

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Robert Gatti

Robert Gatti

Vice-President for Student Affairs


Robert M. Gatti began his career at Otterbein University as a residence hall director, progressively moving to various positions until 1992, when he was appointed Vice President and Dean for…

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Michael McGreevey

Michael McGreevey

Vice-President Institutional Advancement


Michael McGreevey joined Otterbein as vice president for institutional advancement on Oct. 19, 2015. He came to Otterbein from Wells College in Aurora, NY, where he served as vice president for…

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Kristine Robbins

Kristine Robbins

Vice-President & Chief of Staff


Kristine King Robbins joined Otterbein University as the first Chief of Staff in the President’s Office on October 3, 2011. Prior to joining Otterbein, Robbins was a Senior Consultant for the…

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Wendy Sherman Heckler

Wendy Sherman Heckler

Provost & Vice-President of Academic Affairs


Wendy R. Sherman Heckler began her career at Otterbein University as an associate professor of science education in 2007, and served as director of graduate programs in education from 2009 to…

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David Bender

David Bender

Executive Director of Information & Technology Services


Dave Bender became Executive Director of Information and Technology Services in 2013. He began his career at Otterbein in 2003 as a SQL Database Administrator and was promoted to Director of…

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Jefferson Blackburn-Smith

Jefferson Blackburn-Smith

Vice-President of Enrollment Management


Jefferson Blackburn-Smith assumed his position as vice president of enrollment management on March 1, 2012. He came to Otterbein from The Ohio State University, where he was the senior associate…

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Board of Trustees

Alan Waterhouse ‘82


Alan Waterhouse served as the first president and CEO of Asteres, Inc., a start-up firm in San Diego which commercialized a system to store and deliver finished prescriptions to consumers in a…

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Mark Thresher ‘78


Mark Thresher is executive vice president, chief financial officer of Nationwide. In addition to finance, Mark leads Nationwide’s corporate strategy, Nationwide’s investment operations and…

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Brant O. Smith ’95


Brant Smith is President and General Manager of Waltek & Co., Ltd in Cincinnati, Ohio with another office in Nashville, Tennessee. Waltek & Co. specializes in custom curtainwall applications for…

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Rebecca C. Princehorn ‘78


Rebecca Princehorn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Otterbein University in 1978 with honors. She also holds a juris doctorate and a master’s of public…

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Nevalyn Fritsche Nevil ’71


Nevalyn Fritsche Nevil originally began her college career at Florida State University in 1966. She finished her freshman year, but then transferred to Otterbein in her hometown of Westerville….

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Mary Navarro


Mary Navarro recently retired from a 42 year career in banking. The past 15 years she was a Senior Executive Vice President at Huntington Bank, leading their Consumer and Business Banking…

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K. Christopher Kaiser ‘77


Chris Kaiser earned his bachelor’s degree in 1977 from Otterbein University in business administration with a concentration in accounting. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1979 and…

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Cheryl L. Herbert


Cheryl Herbert has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her career began at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville. In 1990, she joined the staff at MedCenter Hospital in Marion,…

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William E. Harrell, Jr. ‘94


William “Eddie” Harrell Jr. earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Otterbein University in 1994 and his master’s degree in business administration from Ashland…

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Daniel Gifford ’88


Daniel C. Gifford, CPA (Inactive) graduated from Otterbein University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  Dan started his career at KPMG where he worked for over ten years and has…

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James L. Francis ’71


Jim Francis earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Otterbein and his master’s degree in counseling from Cleveland State University. He is a retired human resources executive with over 20…

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David W. Fisher ’75


David W. Fisher is vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wesley Family Services (formerly the United Methodist Children’s Home) in Worthington, Ohio, and a member of the law firm, Kephart…

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Jocelyn Curry ’78


Jocelyn is the Vice President of Claims Services at Nationwide. She provides the overall leadership and strategic direction for claims support functions for Nationwide’s Property and Casualty…

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Deborah E. Currin ’67


Deborah Ewell Currin earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Otterbein with a major in elementary education and a minor in art. She has owned and operated Future Antiques, Inc. since 1985….

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Larry Brown ‘80


Larry Brown is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and a full member of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1988. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Brown…

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Peter Bible ’80


Peter Bible is EisnerAmper LLP’s Chief Risk Officer and is responsible for risk management, SEC services, strategic thought leadership, regulatory relations and inspection groups. He works…

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Jacqueline Haverkamp

Associate Professor & Department Chair


Dr. Haverkamp’s areas of interest are diverse but focus on the advancement of nursing and patient care. In fact, this nurse administrator led faculty team is recognized nationally for the ability…

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