A retired college president and an alumnus and entrepreneur in education are the newest members of the Board of Trustees of Heidelberg University.
At its June meeting, the board appointed Dr. Carol Cartwright, president emeritus of Bowling Green State University and Kent State University, and Richard F. Odell, a 1972 Heidelberg graduate who is a visionary in private education in the U.S., to the board for four-year terms, effective July 1.
"These accomplished individuals will add tremendous expertise, energy and leadership to our board,” said Heidelberg President Robert H. Huntington. “I look forward to their contributions to this institution, as well as the value they will bring to moving Heidelberg forward.”
The new trustees are familiar with Heidelberg; Cartwright was the keynote speaker for undergraduate commencement ceremonies in May 2012 and Odell served in that same capacity one year earlier.
After a trustee orientation session on campus, Cartwright and Odell are scheduled to participate in their first full board meetings in October. Dr. Wade Young, chair of the board’s Trusteeship Committee, looks forward to the contributions the new members will bring to the board.
“Their backgrounds in education will offer a lot to the board. We are fortunate they have made this commitment to Heidelberg,” said Young, noting that their career experiences are diverse and distinguished. Cartwright is the second retired college president appointed to the board, joining Dr. Marsha Bordner, former president of Terra State Community College.
Cartwright was the first woman to take a presidential role at BGSU and Kent; in fact, she was the first female president of a state college or university in Ohio. At BGSU, she served as interim president from July 2008 until she became president in June 2009, retiring in 2011. Prior to her tenure at BGSU, she was Kent State University’s 10th president from March 1991-June 2006. Cartwright also served in top administrative positions at the University of California at Davis and The Pennsylvania State University.
Her career has been distinguished by innovative teaching, pioneering research and national leadership. She has held prominent leadership roles with some of higher education’s most influential national organizations, including the American Association for Higher Education.
Cartwright earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.
Odell has held top leadership, administrative and development positions for some of the most prominent private schools in the nation. Currently, he serves dual roles as headmaster and vice president for student affairs at Florida’s IMG Academies, one of the world’s premier academic/athletic school and training center for youth, adults and professional athletes.
Following graduation, Odell stayed on to work in Heidelberg’s Development Office for two years before beginning his career in private education. He has served in various roles at schools in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois and Michigan, including as president of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Throughout his career, he has achieved great success as a fund-raiser, marketer and administrator. In 1999, he began his association with IMG and The Pendleton School in Bradenton, Fla.
In addition to Cartwright and Odell, Heidelberg alumni Jaimie Orr and Kim Newman have officially joined the board. Orr, ’81, is the dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences at Tiffin University. He recently completed a three-year term on the board as the Alumni Council representative. He has been appointed to a full four-year term. Newman, ’90, the new president of the Alumni Council, will fulfill a three-year term representing the council. She and her husband, Brad, are the owners and operators of Tiffin Aire Inc.