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Ohio Wesleyan University Appoints Colleen Garland as Vice President for University Relations

June 10, 2011

DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced the appointment of Colleen Garland as vice president for University Relations, overseeing the college's alumni relations and development staffs. Garland, currently an assistant vice president at The Ohio State University, will join the Ohio Wesleyan staff in August.

"Colleen Garland is a proven leader who understands and promotes the power of philanthropy to change lives," said Ohio Wesleyan President Rock Jones, Ph.D. "She is an experienced and effective fund-raiser, a competent and caring manager, and an outstanding communicator. We look forward to having her join the Ohio Wesleyan family and work with us as we continue our efforts to advance the curriculum, build the endowment, and renew the OWU physical campus."

Ohio Wesleyan faculty members are working to enhance the curriculum with additional travel-learning, course connection, and theory-to-practice opportunities for students. Building the endowment would enable the university to add faculty, support their development, and provide additional student financial aid. Thanks to contributions from OWU alumni and friends, Ohio Wesleyan opened a $10 million aquatics center in October and broke ground in May for a $15 million project to renovate its oldest residence hall. Ohio Wesleyan's strategic plan calls for additional building renovations to improve all dormitories and student living areas.

"Colleen's expertise will be critical to helping us achieve our goals as we work to prepare students to live and lead in today's rapidly changing global society," Jones said.

At Ohio State, Garland serves as the assistant vice president for University Development. Her responsibilities include direct oversight and responsibility for the fund-raising performance in 13 colleges and constituency fund-raising units. Previously, she served as senior director of development for the OSU College of Dentistry, securing its first $1 million gift.

Prior to joining Ohio State, Garland served as a senior development officer at Denison University, major gifts officer at Otterbein College (now Otterbein University), and director of development for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.

She holds a bachelor's degree in organizational communication from The Ohio State University and is a member and past chapter president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

"I am so honored to be joining a talented and dedicated team at Ohio Wesleyan under Rock Jones' leadership," Garland said. "During my almost 10 years at Denison University, I developed a deep love and respect for the kind of education a national liberal arts college can provide. Ohio Wesleyan's unique niche with the theory-to-practice curriculum is as important to our students today as it was at OWU's founding. I am eager to contribute to the university's continued forward momentum."


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.