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Daniel A. DiBiasio is the 11th president of Ohio Northern University, a position he’s held since August 2011. Prior to this, he served as president of Wilmington College (for 16 years), executive assistant to the president and interim vice president of student affairs at the University of New Hampshire, an executive officer on the council of presidents for the New England Land Grant Universities, assistant dean of Ohio State University’s graduate school, and an admissions counselor and dean of students at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. DiBiasio earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Ohio Wesleyan University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.
Maria Cronley is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. As ONU's chief academic officer, she serves as an executive leader with President and CFO in the University’s budget-development and strategic planning. In addition to all academic programs, Dr. Cronley oversees Athletics, the University libraries, the Registrar, Information Technology, Institutional Research, Grants and Sponsored Research, multiple support Centers, and University Accreditation. She also assists the President in working closely with the Board of Trustees and his Cabinet.

Maria L. Cronley became provost/vice president for academic affairs at Ohio Northern University in 2016. Prior to joining the University, she spent more than 14 years at Miami University in Ohio, serving as a Professor of Marketing in the Farmer School of Business. Prior to leaving Miami, she served as associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs. She also comes to higher education with ten years working in the marketing field. She earned her BSBA in marketing from Bowling Green State University and her Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business. Her primary research interests center on consumer judgment and decision processes, with specific emphasis in the areas of consumer inference and biased processing, persuasion, and healthcare marketing. She has numerous articles published in scholarly journals, including the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Brand Management, Journal of Economic Psychology, and Health Communication. She has won more than two dozen awards and grants for her scholarship and teaching. Dr. Cronley also serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Consumer Psychology and is a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.
 
William Ballard, vice president for financial affairs, was appointed to his position in July 2012. Prior to this, he served as vice president for finance and administration at Centenary College of Louisiana for the preceding 10 years, and controller for Reliant Energy in Houston, Texas, and senior vice president for finance and administration for Arkla Gas in Shreveport, La., for a total of 15 years. He began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Columbus, Ohio, in 1975. Ballard received his Bachelor of Arts in computer and information science and his Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University.
William Eilola has been vice president for enrollment management at Ohio Northern University since April 2015. Prior to joining Ohio Northern University, he served as vice president for enrollment services at Lake Superior State University since 2006 and dean of enrollment services at Gannon University from 2002. He also spent 12 years in the Grand Valley State University admissions office and two years in private industry at Ford Motor Company. Eilola received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Michigan Technological University and his Master of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University.
Shannon Spencer, vice president for university advancement, leads development, alumni relations, advancement services, and communications and marketing. Prior to joining ONU in July 2015, she served as assistant vice president for development, director of annual giving, interim director of stewardship, and assistant director of annual giving at Bowling Green State University. Before advancement, she worked in academic affairs and student affairs, coordinating student services for the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan and serving as an advisor in the Career Center and program coordinator in the Office of Service-Learning at BGSU. She has taught undergraduate courses in career development, career implementation, and citizenship and community engagement. She holds a master’s degree in college student personnel and an undergraduate degree in English from BGSU.
 
Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw is vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Ohio Northern University. She joined Ohio Northern in August 1987 and, since that time, has served as director of programming, director of minority affairs, founding director of the Office of Multicultural Development, director of the McIntosh Center, assistant dean of students and associate dean of students. She serves as advisor to the Student Senate, advisor/director of the ONU Gospel Ensemble and host of a weekly gospel radio broadcast on the campus radio station WONB. Thompson-Bradshaw earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech/mass media from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., a Master of Arts in popular culture from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University.
 
Juliet K. Hurtig joined the faculty of Ohio Northern University’s College of Engineering in 2000 and became assistant dean for admissions and advising in 2003. Hurtig was appointed interim assistant vice president for academic affairs in August 2009 and, in August 2011, was promoted to associate vice president for academic affairs. Her responsibilities include oversight of the registrar’s office, information technology services, assessment activities in the academic areas, international student visas, and the University’s general education program. Hurtig earned her Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern University, and her Master of Science and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Ohio State University.
 
Ann E. Donnelly Hamilton joined the Office of the President in 2013 as the executive assistant to the president. She served as ONU’s assistant director of alumni affairs from 1999-2002. In January 2002, she became director of alumni relations at Lake Ridge Academy; she returned to ONU as an associate director of alumni affairs in September 2002. In 2003, she was named ONU’s director of alumni relations. She also served as campaign manager for The Campaign for Ohio Northern University’s Tomorrow from 2006-12. Donnelly Hamilton earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and education from ONU in 1999 and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Dayton in 2005.
 
Amy Prigge, executive director of communications and marketing, is charged with leading ONU’s strategic communications and brand marketing efforts. Prigge joined Ohio Northern University in 2009 as associate director and was named executive director in 2012. Prior to joining ONU, she served at Bowling Green State University for 12 years and has previous professional experience in the arts and health care. Prigge earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in marketing and public relations from Ohio Northern in 1994 and a master’s degree in marketing and communications from Franklin University in 2013.
Office of the President
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Lehr Memorial Room: 202
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed