Our people and programs are making news every day.


At Otterbein, our president is focused on college affordability. Our professors are leading the way in curriculum development. Our Center for Community Engagement is winning awards for its dedication to serving others. These are only a few of the people and programs you’ll read about in our Newsroom.

Media inquiries can be directed to:

Roberto Ponce 
Executive Director,
Marketing & Communications
(614) 823-1285
(614) 704-7057 (cell)

Jenny Hill 
Director of Communications
(614) 823-1284
(614) 370-3221 (cell)

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Otterbein Fast Facts:

Location: Westerville, Ohio
Founded: 1847
Control: Private not-for-profit
Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities
Size & Setting: Four-year, small, highly residential
Enrollment: 3,000
President: John Comerford, Ph.D.
Colors: Tan and Cardinal
Mascot: Cardinal

News Stories:

Otterbein University-Tonight National Democratic Debate

News - October 15, 2019
In just a few hours, Otterbein University in Ohio will host the fourth Democratic presidential primary debate.  Otterbein President John Comerford will provide welcoming remarks and share his thoughts on higher education’s college affordability problems. Some of Comerford’s thoughts are detailed in a national guest column published today. Higher education must rediscover the ‘service ethic’ of teaching and researchBy John Comerford  "Today the nation’s attention will shift to Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, as we host the next Democratic presidential primary…

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Otterbein Alumnus, Actor/Broadway Star to Perform National Anthem for CNN-New York Times Democratic Presidential Debate

News - October 12, 2019
Jordan Donica, Otterbein University alumnus, actor and singer, will perform the National Anthem for the CNN-New York Times Democratic Presidential Debate on Tuesday, Oct. 15. “I'm honored to be coming back to Otterbein to be a small part of a historic event for our country and for the University. I look forward to hearing more on policy from each candidate, and hope this is a step in the direction of civility for the United States and the world,” Donica said.…

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Debate 2019: The Student Voice

News - October 7, 2019
In 1972, 18-year-olds were given the right to vote. While young voters have been under-represented at the pools since then, young Americans have been voting in increasing numbers in recent years. As the nation’s second-largest voting base, they are poised to make a big impact. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), an estimated 31% of eligible people ages 18 to 29 voted in the 2018 midterms, up 10 percentage points from the…

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Otterbein Focuses on Energy Conservation

News - September 30, 2019
Sustainability is a global issue that many of our students care about, and Otterbein University is doing its part to implement small changes that make a big difference. Past efforts have included installing water bottle filling stations and handing out aluminum bottles to students to reduce single use plastic waste; replacing shower heads with low-flow models; replacing traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient ones; and installing building controls to remotely measure and schedule temperatures. This summer, even bigger changes took place.…

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Otterbein University Theatre Opens Season with “Chicago”

News - September 23, 2019
Otterbein University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Department of Music present “Chicago” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26; 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29; and 8 p.m. on Sept. 27- 28 and Oct. 3-5, in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove Street. Tickets cost $30. Call 614-823-1109 or visit www.otterbein.edu/drama. In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap — until he finds out he's…

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Nursing Graduates Pass Rates Exceed National Averages

News - September 23, 2019
The Otterbein Nursing Program has had an immense amount of success over the years. Part of their success includes licensure and certification pass rates well above the national average. During spring 2019, for the initial RN licensure, BSN student graduates had a first time pass rate of 95%. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) master’s program had first time pass rate of 98%. Graduates of the Nurse Anesthesia (NA) master’s program had a first time pass rate of 90% on national certification…

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Otterbein University Earns Tree Campus USA Designation for Second Year

News - September 20, 2019
Contact: Jennifer Hill, (614) 823-1284 or jhill@otterbein.edu  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 24, 2019  Otterbein University Earns Tree Campus USA Designation for Second Year  People often comment on the picturesque nature of Otterbein University’s campus. What many don’t know is that behind the scenes, some very intentional work has been done to make the campus not only beautiful, but also environmentally responsible. Thanks to that work, Otterbein has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the second year.  Otterbein is located in the heart…

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Otterbein University Exhibit Explores Tibetan Contemporary Art in the Diaspora

News - September 20, 2019
Contact: Jennifer Hill, (614) 823-1284 or jhill@otterbein.edu  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 27, 2017  Otterbein University Exhibit Explores Tibetan Contemporary Art in the Diaspora   Westerville, OH—Otterbein University’s Opening Doors to the World program invites the community to explore Tibetan art in the diaspora at the exhibit, “BETWEEN US: Relationship and Identity in Tibetan Contemporary Art,” on display through April 22 at the Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St., Westerville. Museum hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday during the University’s academic year. Closed on holidays and University breaks. The exhibit…

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Summer Savings Return to Otterbein with Credit Hour Discount

News - September 20, 2019
Contact: Jennifer Hill, (614) 823-1284 or jhill@otterbein.edu  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 25, 2019  Summer Savings Return to Otterbein with Credit Hour Discount  Westerville, OH – Do you need to get ahead this summer? Students interested in enrolling at Otterbein University for undergraduate courses this summer can register for classes with the discounted price of $500 per credit hour. Based on new Federal Financial Aid regulations, Pell eligible students can now access additional Pell Grant funds to use in the summer. That means they can get additional financial…

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News - September 20, 2019
Contact: Roberto Ponce, (614) 823-1285 or ponce1@otterbein.edu  or Dana Viglietta, (614) 823-1639 or dviglietta@otterbein.edu   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  September 21, 2018  OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY EXCEEDS $50 MILLION COMPREHENSIVE CAMPAIGN GOAL  Total was announced at Otterbein’s Homecoming and Family Weekend on Sept. 22.  Westerville, OH—Otterbein University has successfully exceeded its $50 million comprehensive campaign goal, raising $52,774,180 in the Where We STAND Matters campaign. The campaign publicly launched in September 2014 and has concluded one year ahead of schedule.  Michael McGreevey, vice president for institutional advancement, notes, “The success of the Where We STAND Matters campaign is a testament to the confidence in Otterbein of more than 10,000 donors…

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