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.
David C. Crago joined the faculty of Ohio Northern University’s College of Law in 1991 and became dean of the college in January 2001. In 2009, Crago was named interim vice president for academic affairs, and, in February 2012, he became provost/vice president for academic affairs. Prior to joining the University, Crago spent more than 14 years in private practice with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue and Murphey, Young & Smith in Columbus, Ohio. Crago earned his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Duke University and his Juris Doctorate cum laude from the University of Michigan.
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 Ohio State University.
Kenneth W. Block joined Ohio Northern University in September 2001 as director of gift planning. In 2005, he was named executive director of development and, in 2010, vice president for university advancement. After serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, Block began his career in insurance and financial planning services before joining Ohio Northern University. At ONU, he planned and executed the fundraising strategy for the $100 million Campaign for Ohio Northern University’s Tomorrow, which ultimately raised more than $110 million, the largest and most successful campaign in the history of the University. Block is a graduate of Heidelberg University and earned a master’s degree in economics from Indiana University.
Lawrence T. Lesick has been vice president for enrollment management at Ohio Northern University since October 2011. Prior to coming to Northern, Lesick served as associate vice president for enrollment management at Widener University in Chester, Pa., vice president for enrollment management and strategic planning at Wilmington College in Ohio, dean of admissions/financial aid and director of admissions at Eureka College in Illinois, coordinator of student recruitment at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and assistant and then associate director of admissions at Alma College in Michigan. Lesick also has taught courses in religion, American history, biomedical ethics and leadership. He received his bachelor’s degree in religion from Ohio Wesleyan University and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt University.
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 of academic affairs in August 2009 and, in August 2011, was promoted to associate vice president of 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 is 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.