Ashland University Hosts OFIC Presidents Forum

Ashland University Hosts OFIC Presidents Forum

9/15/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University and AU President Dr. Carlos Campo hosted an Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ (OFIC) Presidents Forum on Sept. 15 in the Ashland University Board Room located on the ninth floor of Amstutz Hall.

Jeff Docking, president of Adrian College and co-author of “Crisis in Higher Education: A Plan to Save Small Liberal Arts Colleges in America,” was the guest speaker for the event, which was sponsored by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Docking’s presentation was followed by a question-and-answer session.

Docking’s book details the enrollment growth and financial turnaround at Adrian College since 2005. The book directly addresses the economic competitiveness of small four-year institutions of higher education and presents an evidence-based solution to the enrollment and economic crises faced by many small liberal arts colleges throughout the country.  

Greg Kirstein Sr., vice president and general counsel for the Columbus Blue Jackets, also spoke at the event.

In addition to Dr. Campo, those Ohio college and university presidents attending the event were: Mary Ann Gawelek of Lourdes University; Susan Schneider Hasseler of Muskingum University; Dick Helton of Wittenberg University; Richard Jusseaume of Walsh University; David King of Malone University; Richanne Mankey of Defiance College; Jim Reynolds of Wilmington College; William Ruud of Marietta College; and Henry Spaulding of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Bill Spiker, OFIC President; and Gordon Brollier, OFIC President Emeritus, also attended the event.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###