Daniel A. DiBiasio is the 11th president of Ohio Northern University. Since joining ONU in 2011, DiBiasio has launched a strategic direction and operational agenda intended to propel the University toward greater success as it arrives at its sesquicentennial year poised for a milestone 150-year celebration. ONU 2021 defines the years ahead – identifying specific actions in a pragmatic and practical approach to make good execution more likely and to provide a monitoring mechanism for measuring progress.
To create Northern’s next comprehensive facilities Master Plan, Ohio Northern has partnered with The Collaborative Inc., an architecture and planning firm in Toledo, Ohio. Master planning starts from the premise that, to be most effective, a master plan must engage the broadest cross-section of the college community as realistically possible. The University also has devoted time, talent and resources to develop a compelling brand strategy that rolled out in 2014. Another important University task that has been achieved is ONU’s accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission.
DiBiasio was president of Wilmington College from 1995 to 2011, 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. The college also built and renovated two student apartment complexes, built an equine science center, and renovated and expanded the Boyd Cultural Arts Center, which includes the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center and the David and June Harcum Art Gallery.
DiBiasio has more than 40 years of higher education experience. He began his career in 1974 at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., where he served as an admissions counselor and dean of students. After earning his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University, he was appointed assistant dean of the graduate school. 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.
He has held leadership roles in higher education and has served many boards on the national, state and local levels. DiBiasio is currently Chair of the Board of the Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA), a member of the Board of Trustees for the Lima Memorial Health System and past Chair of the Board of Liberty National Bank. DiBiasio also chaired the Board of Directors for Ohio Campus Compact, a statewide nonprofit coalition of college and university presidents and their campuses working to promote and develop the civic purposes of higher education.
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 given scholarly presentations at national and regional conferences. He is a 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Citation from Ohio Wesleyan University.
DiBiasio is married to Chris Burns-DiBiasio, ONU's director of community relations, and they have two sons, Matthew (Devon) and Michael (Sarah), and a grandson, Edward.