Office of the President
President Daniel A. DiBiasio
Daniel A. DiBiasio is the 11th president of Ohio Northern University. Since joining ONU in 2011, DiBiasio has launched a new strategic direction and operational agenda intended to propel the University toward greater success so that it arrives at its sesquicentennial year poised for a milestone 150-year celebration. This new direction, ONU 2021, defines the year ahead – identifying specific actions in a pragmatic and practical approach to make good execution more likely and to provide a monitoring mechanism for measuring progress.
To create Northern’s next comprehensive facilities Master Plan, Ohio Northern has partnered with The Collaborative Inc., an architecture and planning firm in Toledo, Ohio. Master planning starts from the premise that, to be most effective, a master plan must engage the broadest cross-section of the college community as realistically possible. The University also is devoting time, talent and resources to develop a compelling brand strategy ready to roll out in 2014. Another important University task is ONU’s 10-year accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission. The self-study process has begun, and teams are in place and will be marshaling the evidence to demonstrate how the University meets and exceeds the accreditation standards.
DiBiasio was president of Wilmington College from 1995 to 2011, overseeing excellent growth in the college’s academic and advancement affairs. In his 16 years, the college added four undergraduate academic programs and the college’s first graduate program. The college also built and renovated two student apartment complexes, built an equine science center, and renovated and expanded the Boyd Cultural Arts Center, which includes the newly constructed Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center, and the David and June Harcum Art Gallery.
DiBiasio brings more than 30 years experience to his position at Ohio Northern. He began his career in 1974 at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., where he served as an admissions counselor and dean of students. After earning his Ph.D. at Ohio State University, he was appointed assistant dean of the graduate school. He was an executive officer on the council of presidents for the New England Land Grant Universities from 1984-87. At the University of New Hampshire, DiBiasio served as executive assistant to the president from 1987-91 and as interim vice president of student affairs from 1991-95.
He has held leadership roles in higher education and has served many boards on the national, state and local levels. DiBiasio serves on the boards of the Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) and the Liberty National Bank in Ada. He also chairs Board of Directors for Ohio Campus Compact, a statewide non-profit coalition of college and university presidents and their campuses working to promote and develop the civic purposes of higher education.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ohio Wesleyan University, DiBiasio received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Throughout his career in higher education, he has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, published, and given scholarly presentations at national and regional conferences.
DiBiasio is married to Chris Burns-DiBiasio, ONU's director of community relations, and they have two sons, Matthew, and his wife, Devon, and Michael.
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