Sun. Feb 5th, 2023

ADA — Ohio Northern University President Daniel A. DiBiasio has announced his upcoming retirement.

DiBiasio’s retirement will take effect June 20, according to a news release.

The 71-year-old was hired in August 2011 as ONU’s 11th president.

In a letter to the campus community DiBiasio indicated that his stewardship here “has been — and for the next year and a half will continue to be — a great privilege and tremendous honor.”

“For the past 11 years, Ohio Northern University has been blessed to have Dan DiBiasio, with the support of his wife, Chris, leading our ONU community,” says Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Daniel B. Walker. “With grace and intellect, Dan has guided ONU through one of the most challenging environments for higher education. Because of his strong leadership, open communication style and engaging personality, Ohio Northern will continue to succeed in offering unparalleled educational and enrichment opportunities.”

Prior to becoming ONU’s president, DiBiasio served as president of Ohio’s Wilmington College from 1995 to 2011, overseeing growth as evidenced by adding academic programs, building and renovating student apartments, constructing a new equine center and expanding the Boyd Cultural Arts Center.

By the time DiBiasio retires, he will have served 27 years as a college president in Ohio, completing a 45-year career in higher education. He is currently the longest-serving president among independent college and university presidents in Ohio (total tenure).

According to a news release: “Noteworthy accomplishments during DiBiasio’s tenure thus far include attracting and retaining first-rate faculty; emphasizing student involvement in high-impact practices; increasing opportunities for community service and engagement; expanding athletics; strengthening the institution’s financial foundation; building and renovating existing facilities for 21st-century learning; and successfully attracting philanthropic support for capital projects and scholarships. He has also expanded ONU’s sustainable energy practices and recently launched a comprehensive effort to increase diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.”

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Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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