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Ohio Wesleyan to Execute National Search for 16th President


April 16, 2007

Ohio Wesleyan University will begin a national search to identify a new president following the decision of Mark W. Huddleston to accept the presidency of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.

Huddleston has accepted the new post pending a formal vote April 18 by the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees. He will step down from his position as Ohio Wesleyan’s 15th president at the end of the current academic year.

“We wish Mark and his family well as they begin a new chapter in their lives,” says Kathe Rhinesmith, chair of Ohio Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees. “He has helped to create a university that is strong and prepared for its future.”

Rhinesmith said Ohio Wesleyan will form a presidential search committee, which will be led by Michael G. Long, vice chair of the Board of Trustees. Long also serves as university counsel and is a 1966 graduate of the university.

“Ohio Wesleyan will embark upon an aggressive national search with a team involving board members, administration, faculty, alumni, and students,” says Rhinesmith, an OWU alumna. “I am confident we will attract a dynamic and passionate leader who will continue the legacy of success and service that Ohio Wesleyan has enjoyed for 165 years.”

Rhinesmith said the Board of Trustees will appoint an interim president to serve during the transition period. That appointment will be made in the coming weeks.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.