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Ohio Wesleyan University Names New Vice President

July 22, 2008

Eric Algoe
DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University has announced the appointment of Delaware township resident and Plain City native Eric S. Algoe as vice president for finance and administration and treasurer of the university. Algoe, formerly chief operating officer and chief fiscal officer for both the Ohio School for the Deaf and the Ohio State School for the Blind, will assume the position on August 25.

“Eric Algoe offers a blend of financial and administrative experience both in education and in the public sector,” said Rock Jones, president of Ohio Wesleyan University. “Strong leadership in these areas will be of key importance to Ohio Wesleyan as we gear up to complete our strategic plan, implement our master plan for physical facilities and launch our campaign.”

Search Committee Chair and Provost David Robbins added, “In a pool of very strong candidates, Eric Algoe quickly emerged as the individual with the most potential to join a team of officers, faculty and staff dedicated to taking the institution to the next level of excellence. His broad background in finance, his expertise in technology, and his experience in strategic planning, budgeting and facility management will be valuable, as will his collaborative management style.”

According to Robert W. Gillespie, longtime Ohio Wesleyan trustee and chairman emeritus of KeyCorp, “All of us who served on the search committee felt that Eric was the right person for the position as he combines a level of energy and intensity that parallels our collective aspirations for Ohio Wesleyan. We look forward to working closely with him in the years ahead.”

Algoe was the first-ever chief operating officer at the Ohio School for the Deaf and the Ohio State School for the Blind, where he initiated a $75 million master plan to rebuild or renovate most of the schools’ physical facilities and chaired the schools’ strategic planning committee.

His distinguished career also has included past experience as chief fiscal officer for the Ohio Office of Information Technology, appointments with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services and State Teachers’ Retirement System of Ohio, and service as a military intelligence and civil affairs officer in the United States Army.

Algoe holds a master’s degree in business administration from Franklin University and a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, where he also completed the Ohio Certified Public Manager program at the John Glenn Institute.

“The strong sense of community, the dedicated faculty and staff, the picturesque loveliness and the vibrant potential of Ohio Wesleyan have all held my interest for many years,” said Algoe. “I am both honored and excited to accept this appointment and I look forward to helping to lead the university to even greater heights in the years to come.”

An engaged citizen in the Delaware community, Algoe serves as a trustee at Asbury United Methodist Church and as a youth coach for the Delaware Youth Athletic Association.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.