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Trustees Name Dr. Mark Huddleston 15th President of OWU

June 12, 2004

[ Mark Huddleston III Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Dr. Mark W. Huddleston, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware, today was elected 15th President of Ohio Wesleyan University at a special meeting of the University's Board of Trustees.

Board Chairperson Phil Meek made the announcement this morning on the Ohio Wesleyan campus, shortly after the Trustees voted their endorsement of the candidate recommended by the Presidential Search Committee.

"Mark Huddleston has displayed a consistent commitment of academic excellence throughout his career in higher education," said Meek. "He is committed to the teaching of the liberal arts in the special kind of environment that Ohio Wesleyan represents, and to expanding the financial resources of the University to support that effort."

"Both the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee are convinced that Dr. Huddleston will continue to move Ohio Wesleyan forward among the nation's leading liberal arts colleges," Meek continued. "We welcome Mark, his wife Emma, and their three children into the Ohio Wesleyan family and eagerly await their arrival later this summer as residents of the Delaware community."

Huddleston has been Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, since 2001. He previously served as Associate Provost for International Programs and as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, also at the University of Delaware. Huddleston joined the University's faculty as an assistant professor in 1980 after having taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo for several years.

Huddleston's academic specialty is public administration, a field in which he has published widely, focusing on the senior federal career service and a variety of international issues. He has worked extensively in Bosnia and Kazakhstan for USAID and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He also has managed programs for the United States Information Agency in Slovenia, Mexico, Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

"I am elated and honored to have been chosen as Ohio Wesleyan's President. OWU is a wonderful institution," Huddleston said. "I look forward to helping make this outstanding university even stronger." Huddleston received his bachelor's degree in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1972. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973 and 1978 respectively.

An aggressive national search resulted in more than 200 prospective candidates who were reviewed and screened with assistance of consultants from the firm of Isaacson, Miller. Members of the OWU Presidential Search Committee, chaired by Kathe Rhinesmith, reviewed in depth the backgrounds on 36 candidates for the position to be vacated in July by Dr. Thomas Courtice, as he becomes a consultant for Academic Search Consultation Service.

As Rhinesmith explained, the Committee then selected eleven persons to be interviewed by the members and then the four semi-finalists who were invited to the OWU campus for additional meetings with trustees, faculty, students and staff members. These four candidates also received visits on their home campuses by search committee members, and additional thorough reference checks were completed. The Search Committee met on June 4 to recommend Huddleston as OWU's next President.

"Our Committee worked with diligence, confidentiality and mutual respect to accomplish the task invested in it by the by-laws of the University," said Rhinesmith. "I am profoundly grateful to each member of the Committee and to the on-campus staff who supported our process."

Huddleston,53, is a native of Syracuse, New York. He and his wife, Emma Bricker, have three children: Andy, a rising junior at Brown University, Katherine (Kate), a rising eighth grader, and Giles, a rising fourth grader. OWU's new President expects to assume office some time in August.