OWU Inaugurates 15th President on April 2
March 18, 2005DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio Wesleyan University will inaugurate its 15th president on Saturday, April 2. In ceremonies scheduled for 11 a.m. in Gray Chapel on the Ohio Wesleyan campus, Dr. Mark W. Huddleston will be officially invested with the executive leadership responsibilities he has held since his August arrival on campus.
Huddleston came to Ohio Wesleyan after 24 years on the faculty at the University of Delaware, ultimately serving as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The 11 a.m. installation ceremony will begin with a full academic processional, including delegates from other colleges and universities as well as learned societies and educational associations. The program will feature several student and faculty music performances. In addition to Huddleston, speakers will include representatives of the Ohio Wesleyan Board of Trustees, faculty, emeriti faculty, administration, student body and alumni association.
Inauguration invitations have been mailed to alumni leaders and special friends of Ohio Wesleyan. Seating also will be available for members of the community interested in attending the ceremony. There is no admission fee.
The installation ceremony is one of several events planned as part of a day-long inauguration celebration at Ohio Wesleyan.
Immediately following the 11 a.m. installation, students, faculty, inaugural guests, and anyone interested in congratulating the new president will gather for an inaugural luncheon, scheduled to begin at noon at Branch Rickey Arena. There will be an Inaugural President's Fun Run & Walk, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Selby Field, and the Ohio Wesleyan Departments of Theatre and Dance and Music will present "Camelot" at 8 p.m. at Chappelear Drama Center.
President Huddleston was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y. The first of his family to attend college, education has continued to play a special role in his life.
He is a 1972 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, with both the Master of Arts and Ph. D. degrees in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee following in 1973 and 1978 respectively.
Inspired by his own educational experiences, Dr. Huddleston decided to pursue a career in higher education with an academic specialty in public administration, with particular interest in the U.S. higher civil service. He returned to his alma mater, SUNY-Buffalo, in 1977 and in 1980 joined the faculty of the University of Delaware, where he remained for the next 24 years. Ultimately, he was named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, serving in that capacity until last summer.
During his time at the University of Delaware, Dr. Huddleston created and directed many study abroad programs for undergraduates, including programs in Mexico, London, Brussels and Geneva. He also chaired the department of Political Science and International Relations and served as associate provost for international programs. Under his leadership as dean, UD enjoyed dramatic improvements and became a highly-selective institution, national in its reach.
Dr. Huddleston has been an active consultant for both the U.S. government and international organizations, including work in the Balkans, southern Africa, and central and southeast Asia. His most fulfilling and exciting work was serving in Bosnia as an advisor on rebuilding financial and administrative infrastructures after the Dayton Accords. He is the author of numerous publications, and his book titles include The Public Administration Workbook, Profiles in Excellence: Conversations with the Best of America's Career Executive Service, The Higher Civil Service in the United States, and The Government's Managers.
Dr. Huddleston and his wife of nearly 15 years, Emma Bricker, reside in Delaware with their 12-year-old daughter Kate, nine-year-old son Giles, three dogs and a turtle. Their older son, Andy, is a junior at Brown University and is studying philosophy this semester at Cambridge University in England.
As the 15th chief executive of Ohio Wesleyan, Huddleston succeeds Thomas B. Courtice, who retired from the University in 2004 and currently serves as a consultant with Academic Search Consultation Service.
Ohio Wesleyan is a national, selective liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1842, the University enrolls about 1850 students from 43 states and 47 countries in undergraduate programs leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of music.
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