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:

Jenny Hill 
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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 Theatre Season Opens in Sizzling Style with “Cabaret” 

News - September 20, 2023
The Otterbein University Department of Theatre and Dance and Department of Music will take to the stage to open this season in sizzling style with Cabaret, a long-running, award-winning Broadway musical — revived in a fashion that only Otterbein’s talented students, faculty, and staff could pull off.   Willkommen to the tantalizing Kit Kat Club where troubles of the outside world are willfully forgotten, and artists and outcasts are free to gather for experiences of pleasure and debauchery!   Set in 1929,…

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Cool Campus Jobs: Resident Assistants Build Community in the Halls and Across Campus

News - September 18, 2023
At Otterbein, students have many opportunities to foster their skills and interests in the form of on-campus jobs, internships and clubs. One campus job, being a resident assistant, or RA, allows students to become leaders in their residence hall, build community among other students and make life-long connections. A RA is an undergraduate student that lives in the residence halls and ensures the safety of the hall community while also being a resource for all the residential students that reside…

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National Media Recognize Otterbein University for Programs and Values

News - September 18, 2023
Otterbein University has been collecting honors this fall, as it is recognized in national publications for its programs and values, including U.S. News & World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and Washington Monthly. US News & World Report Otterbein University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its academic excellence, commitment to undergraduate teaching, and focus on affordability, student success outcomes, and experiential learning. In the 2024 Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Otterbein has…

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Otterbein HR Director Receives Columbus Business First HR Impact Award 

News - September 15, 2023
Otterbein Director of Human Resources Molly Miller has been recognized by Columbus Business First for her impact at Otterbein. She was among 20 central Ohio HR professionals honored at the HR Impact Awards Ceremony on Sept. 7, 2023. The awardees were selected for their track records of making sure their offices are productive, creative, and safe environments for their employees.  Miller has been at Otterbein for just one year — joining the Cardinal community on Sept. 14, 2022, but her…

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Five Questions with Alumna Bryn Mangold, Assistant Commissioner of the Ohio Athletic Conference

News - September 8, 2023
Bryn Mangold is a five-year member of the women’s basketball team and a two-time Otterbein graduate. She managed to combine everything she learned at Otterbein — Sport Management and Public Relations as an undergraduate and Business Administration as a graduate student — into one job that encompasses all of her interests.   We caught up with her to learn more about this unicorn job.  Bryn Mangold Assistant Commissioner, Ohio Athletic ConferenceUndergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in in Sport Management, Public Relations (2021) Graduate Degree:…

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My Cardinal Experience: I was a Public Relations and Marketing Intern for the Ohio State Fair 

News - September 8, 2023
By Kailey Mishler ’24  This summer I had the amazing opportunity to work as a public relations and marketing intern for the Ohio State Fair. I learned about this internship from Otterbein Senior Instructor Denise Shively. I was immediate interested and applied after doing some research on it — however, the internship exceeded all of my expectations.   Throughout the summer, three other public relations interns and I worked as a team to prepare for the Ohio State Fair. Every day…

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Calling all Cardinals! It’s Time for Homecoming and Family Weekend, Sept. 15-16!

News - September 8, 2023
Invite your family and friends to join you at Homecoming and Family Weekend, Sept. 15-16! Homecoming and Family Weekend is our favorite time of the year, and we can't wait to celebrate all things Otterbein with you!  The hub of all festivities is our two-day OtterFest, taking place next to the Campus Center.   Back by popular demand is Friday night Cardy Hour — a chance for alumni, students, and families to hang out with their favorite faculty and staff outside…

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National Higher Ed Leader and Advocate Joins Board of Coalition for the Common Good 

News - September 7, 2023
The Coalition for the Common Good, the newly founded system of independent mission-aligned nonprofit colleges and universities, is pleased to announce that Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D., has joined the Coalition’s Board of Directors. Pasquerella is one of the country’s most prominent public voices and forceful advocates for the value of liberal education, the importance of access to resources and pathways, and the need for career training for jobs and citizen education for justice.   “Lynn brings incredible expertise as a renowned leader…

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Fall Art Exhibitions Explore African, Native American Art; History and Processes of Photography 

News - August 24, 2023
This fall, Otterbein University’s four galleries will feature everything from art that celebrates African and Native American culture and heritage, to art exploring the history, equipment, and processes of photography. Learn more about the exhibitions below and be sure to visit all of the galleries this semester. Inviting the Ancestors: Exhibiting Traditional African Art in the 21st Century An Otterbein and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World exhibition. Bamazi Talle, Guest Curator Aug. 23-Dec. 1, 2023 Public Reception: Sept.…

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Otterbein and Antioch University Create the Coalition for the Common Good

News - August 24, 2023
Otterbein University and Antioch University have created the Coalition for the Common Good, the first national higher education system of affiliated universities organized around a shared mission of educating students not only to advance their careers, but to promote our pluralistic democracy, social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, and the common good. On Aug. 15, Otterbein president John Comerford, the newly named president of the Coalition, and Antioch Chancellor William Groves, the Coalition’s vice president, came together to announce the…

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