Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A New Presidency, But Not a New President

As much as possible, someone from the AICUO office attends the inauguration of all new presidents of our member colleges and universities. In many cases it’s our first chance to say hello and lay the groundwork for a future meeting to introduce the association and our work in detail.

But at the most recent inauguration this past month, there was no need to introduce ourselves. Dr. Daniel DiBiasio, the new president at Ohio Northern University knows our work in intimate detail, as he is the immediate past chair of the AICUO Executive Committee from his just-completed tenure as president of Wilmington College.

Bob Burke took part in the academic procession on the Ada campus as AICUO’s representative. He expressed our satisfaction that Dr. DiBiasio will continue to work with us, as he remains on the association’s executive committee after serving as chair from 2008 to 2010. It was also time for friendly conversation with two of Dr. DiBiasio’s predecessors: Dr. Kendall Baker, AICUO’s chair from 2006 to 2008, and Dr. DeBow Freed, for whom ONU’s performing arts center is named and who served as AICUO Secretary from 1981 to 1983.