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David O. Robbins Named Interim President of Ohio Wesleyan University


May 29, 2007

David O. Robbins
The Executive Committee of the Ohio Wesleyan University Board of Trustees has unanimously endorsed the appointment of David O. Robbins, Ph.D., to the position of interim president. Robbins, a 34-year Ohio Wesleyan employee, will assume his new role July 1, following the departure of current President Mark W. Huddleston.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am deeply grateful to David for assuming the responsibilities of interim president,” says Board Chair Kathe Law Rhinesmith, a 1964 Ohio Wesleyan graduate. “We thank him for his leadership in this important time of transition within the university, and we look forward to working with him.”

Robbins joined the Ohio Wesleyan faculty in 1973. He has served as provost since August 2005, leading the faculty and working as an officer for the university. Robbins also has served as a professor and chair in the Department of Psychology, as director of the Neuroscience Program, and as director of the Summer Science Research Program.

Prior to joining Ohio Wesleyan, Robbins was a principal investigator in the Department of Physiology and then director of research at the Eye Research Foundation of Bethesda, Md., a former affiliate of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He also taught part time on the Maryland campus of the National Institutes of Health.

Robbins earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology and psychology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. He received both his master’s degree and his doctorate in physiological psychology from the University of Delaware.

“I am humbled by the confidence placed in me by the Board and the community,” Robbins says. “Ohio Wesleyan is an institution of quality and strength, and we will continue to place the education of our students at the center of our organizational efforts. I look forward to my continued work with my colleagues, and I look forward to working with and supporting our new president when that appointment is made.”

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.