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Ohio Wesleyan University Appoints Vice President for University Relations

October 9, 2009

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DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced the appointment of Charles E. Powell as vice president for University Relations. Powell, currently director of development at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, will join the Ohio Wesleyan staff in November.

“Charlie brings a broad range of fund-raising experience in liberal arts higher education to our University Relations team,” said Ohio Wesleyan President Rock Jones, Ph.D. “The success of Ohio Wesleyan’s recently adopted strategic plan will hinge on our development efforts, and Charlie has demonstrated not only outstanding fund-raising skill, but an ability to build and mentor staff members within the University Relations area. His breadth and depth of knowledge impressed the search committee and everyone who met Charlie during the selection process.”

At Grinnell College, Powell has served as director of development since July 2007. In that role, he is responsible for managing the college’s fund-raising programs, including its annual giving program, major and planned gifts, prospect research, donor relations, and donor services.

Prior to his time at Grinnell, he worked for seven years in various development roles at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, including as associate vice president for advancement. Powell also has worked in fund-raising positions for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. He began his career as alumni director for Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa.

Washington and Jefferson College is Powell’s alma mater, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

“I am honored to have been selected for this exciting opportunity with such a renowned and respected institution,” Powell said. “I was impressed with President Jones’ vision for the university, as expressed in its strategic plan. Ohio Wesleyan also has a strong University Relations team, and I look forward to working with the trustees, faculty, and alumni to continue building on the university’s impressive record of achievement.”

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 45 states and 39 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.