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Ohio Northern University announces hiring of Shannon Spencer as vice president of university advancement

Jun 1, 2015

Ohio Northern University President Daniel A. DiBiasio has announced the hiring of Shannon Spencer as vice president for university advancement at Ohio Northern University, effective July 6.

Spencer, who is currently assistant vice president for development at Bowling Green State University, replaces Kenneth Block, who will retire from his position after more than 14 years at ONU, with the last five as vice president for university advancement.

Spencer has experience and success in many areas of advancement, including annual giving, stewardship, fundraising and campaign development that prepared her for leading an advancement team. She has also held positions at Bowling Green in the areas of alumni relations and major gifts. Spencer served as the coordinator of the undergraduate program office for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan from 2007-09 before accepting a position at BGSU in 2009.

DiBiasio said, “Shannon’s demonstrated strengths in many facets of advancement, combined with her strong leadership skills, will be assets in her role at Ohio Northern. I am highly confident that she will provide leadership in communicating with our alumni and friends, in building support for our university and adding new friends to our university community that will be highly beneficial to what we want to achieve in the future."

Spencer holds a Master of Arts in higher education administration and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Bowling Green State University. A native of New Knoxville, Ohio, Spencer is married to Shawn Spencer, and they have a daughter and a son.

“I am looking forward to joining the Ohio Northern community,” said Spencer. “As it approaches its 150th anniversary, the university has an opportunity to meaningfully engage students, alumni and friends in the educational success of new generations.”

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