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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Maria L. Cronley
Lehr Memorial 204
Phone: 419-772-2034
Fax: 419-772-1932

A native of Marion, Ohio, Dr. Maria Cronley earned her BSBA in marketing from Bowling Green State University and worked in the field of marketing strategy and communications for a number of years. In 2000, she earned her Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business and then spent two years at Wright State University as an assistant professor of marketing.

In 2002, she joined Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she rose through the faculty ranks to professor of marketing and served in multiple leadership positions, including senior associate dean in the Farmer School of Business and then associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs. Cronley has also won numerous awards for her teaching and scholarship, and she has served in several leadership roles with the professional academy, including serving on the Executive Board for Society of Consumer Psychology, serving on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and serving on the Executive Board for the American Council on Education - Women’s Network Ohio.

As Ohio Northern’s chief academic officer, the provost and vice president for academic affairs is responsible for the stewardship of the University’s academic vision, working to foster a rigorous teaching and learning environment, inspiring high-quality scholarship and creative achievement, and leading strategic academic initiatives on behalf of the University. Cronley maintains a constant focus on supporting the faculty and, thus, the academic programs, as she leads the University's academic affairs division to prepare students for life-long growth and success through combining liberal arts and professional education. The Office of Academic Affairs, under her leadership, has direct responsibility for the five academic colleges, the University libraries, external grants, study abroad, accreditation and assessment, the intercollegiate athletics program, the information technology support for the campus, and the registrar's office.


Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Juliet Hurtig
Lehr Memorial 204
Phone: 419-772-2032
Fax: 419-772-1932

Dr. Juliet Hurtig is a native of the Pittsburgh, Pa., area. She earned her Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern University in 1991. She then attended graduate school at Ohio State University, earning her master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering (control systems). Her industrial background focused on automotive anti-lock braking systems.

Her academic career began in 2000 when she joined ONU’s College of Engineering as assistant professor of electrical engineering. In 2003 she was named assistant dean for admissions and advising, followed by being promoted to associate professor of electrical engineering in 2004. Her research interests include educational pedagogy and nonlinear system identification. Dedicated to her students, she was awarded the Professor Henry Horldt Outstanding Teacher Award for 2001-02 and 2007-08. In 2011, Hurtig was promoted to full professor.

She was appointed interim assistant vice president of academic affairs in August 2009, then promoted to associate vice president of academic affairs in August 2011. Her areas of responsibility include academic oversight of semester transition, the University catalog, academic scheduling and summer sessions. She also oversees assessment activities in the academic areas and serves as chair of the University General Education Committee. International study abroad programs and exchange student and scholar visa concerns are also handled by Hurtig. International student and scholar visas are handled by Hurtig as well.

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Lynda Nyce
Lehr Memorial 206
Phone: 419-772-2542
Fax: 419-772-1932

Dr. Lynda Nyce earned her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Goshen College in 1991. She then earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology at the University of Notre Dame. She came to Ohio Northern University in 2013 as director of global academic initiatives.

Prior to joining ONU, she was professor of sociology, director of cross-cultural programs, and Chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Bluffton University. In addition to developing and teaching courses for undergraduate and graduate students in sociology, criminal justice, restorative justice, gender studies, intercultural communication and competency, and organizational management at Bluffton, Goshen College and the University of Pittsburgh, Nyce has taken more than 200 students on faculty-led cross-cultural experiences to south Texas and northern Mexico. Her current areas of research focus on immigration and migration, particularly in the midwestern United States.

In 2013, she was selected as one of 20 participants in the first Future Leaders Summit convened by the Council on International Education and Exchange (CIEE) and Diversity Abroad. This summit brought together international education professionals from across the United States to develop new ways of attracting diverse and underrepresented student populations to study abroad and broaden campus internationalization efforts.

In August 2015, Nyce was appointed assistant vice president for academic affairs. In this new role, her primary areas of responsibility include retention and student-success planning, and global/intercultural initiatives as well as other initiatives within academic affairs. She supervises the study abroad coordinator and works with both visa and academic concerns of international students.


Director of Foundation, Government and Academic Grants

Beckie Watercutter
Lehr Memorial 206C
Phone: 419-772-2038
Fax: 419-772-2571



Dr. Eunhee Kim
Dukes Memorial 313
Phone: 419-772-3014


Alyssa Bell
Lehr Memorial 122
Phone: 419-772-3156
Fax: 419-772-1932


Executive Assistant

Nicolle Merkel
Lehr Memorial 204B
Phone: 419-772-2033
Fax: 419-772-1932

Academic Affairs

Nicolle Merkel

Fax: 419-772-1932
Lehr: 204B
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed