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Daniel DiBiasio named new president of Ohio Northern University

Feb 7, 2011

ImageDaniel A. DiBiasio, president of Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, was named the next president of Ohio Northern University after the University Board of Trustees approved his appointment on Feb. 4.

DiBiasio becomes the 11th president in Ohio Northern University history and assumes his new duties on Aug. 1, 2011. He replaces the departing Dr. Kendall L. Baker, who in 2010 announced his intention to retire at the conclusion of the 2010-11 academic year.

“I am extremely proud and happy to introduce Dan DiBiasio as the next president of Ohio Northern University,” said John Bishop, head of the presidential search committee and vice chair of Ohio Northern’s Board of Trustees. “He is a proven and experienced leader who is very well prepared to both address future challenges and capitalize on growth opportunities for the University.”

Since 1995, DiBiasio has been president of Wilmington College, 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.

Under DiBiasio’s leadership, the college 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 new position at ONU. He began his career in 1974 as an admissions counselor at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., before serving as administrative associate, research associate and then assistant dean at The Ohio State University from 1975-84. Next, 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.

DiBiasio has held leadership roles in higher education on the national and state levels. He served on the Board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and chaired its Student Aid Committee. He also served on the Division III Presidents Council of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, as vice chair elect of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, and as chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

After earning a bachelor of arts in English from Ohio Wesleyan University, DiBiasio received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Throughout his career in higher education, he has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, published, and presented scholarly presentations at national and regional conferences.

DiBiasio is married to Chris Burns-DiBiasio, with whom he shares a great enthusiasm for community involvement. Burns-DiBiasio, who is director of community relations at Wilmington, serves on numerous community boards, including two four-year terms on the Wilmington City Schools Board of Education. She is a member of the Outstanding Women of Clinton County Awards Committee, the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) Advisory Board, Clinton County Fresh Network Executive Committee, and the Clinton County Bicentennial Committee. She also is a college spokesperson for the Grow Food, Grow Hope Community Garden Initiative.

The DiBiasios have two sons. Matthew, 26, is an actor in Portland, Ore. Michael, 22, is a reporter for the Gillette News-Record in Gillette, Wyo.

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