Wittenberg University
Wittenberg University is a private four-year liberal arts college
Liberal arts colleges in the United States
Liberal arts colleges in the United States are certain undergraduate institutions of higher education in the United States. The Encyclopædia Britannica Concise offers a definition of the liberal arts as a "college or university curriculum aimed at imparting general knowledge and developing general...

 in Springfield, Ohio
Springfield, Ohio
Springfield is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Clark County. The municipality is located in southwestern Ohio and is situated on the Mad River, Buck Creek and Beaver Creek, approximately west of Columbus and northeast of Dayton. Springfield is home to Wittenberg...

 serving 2,000 full-time students representing 37 states and approximately 30 foreign countries. Wittenberg is nationally distinguished by its strong interdisciplinary programs in East Asian and Russian Area Studies


Wittenberg was founded in 1845 by a group of pastors in the English Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Ohio. Reverend Ezra Keller was the principal founder and first president of the college. Its initial focus was to train clergy. One of its main missions was to "Americanize" Lutherans by teaching courses in English instead of German, unlike Capital University
Capital University
Capital University is a private liberal arts university of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located in Bexley, Ohio, founded in 1830. In addition to its rigorous liberal arts program, the university also offers a reputable adult degree program in Columbus, Ohio. It is one of the oldest...

 in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Columbus is the capital of and the largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio. The broader metropolitan area encompasses several counties and is the third largest in Ohio behind those of Cleveland and Cincinnati. Columbus is the third largest city in the American Midwest, and the fifteenth largest city...

. The first class originally consisted of eight students at the beginning of the academic year, but grew to seventy-one by the end. With a faculty of one professor and two tutors, classes were held in Springfield, Ohio in a church on land that was donated. This area was selected due to being located on the National Road
National Road
The National Road or Cumberland Road was the first major improved highway in the United States to be built by the federal government. Construction began heading west in 1811 at Cumberland, Maryland, on the Potomac River. It crossed the Allegheny Mountains and southwestern Pennsylvania, reaching...

, which made Springfield an agricultural and industrial center. In 1874, women were admitted, and, the following year, blacks were also admitted. The name came from Wittenberg University, located in Wittenberg
Wittenberg, officially Lutherstadt Wittenberg, is a city in Germany in the Bundesland Saxony-Anhalt, on the river Elbe. It has a population of about 50,000....

, Germany, the town where Martin Luther
Martin Luther
Martin Luther was a German priest, professor of theology and iconic figure of the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517...

 posted his 95 theses
95 Theses
The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences , commonly known as , was written by Martin Luther, 1517 and is widely regarded as the primary catalyst for the Protestant Reformation...


Hamma Divinity School

In 1978, Wittenberg's Theological Seminary, successively known as Hamma Divinity School and Hamma
School of Theology, merged with the Joint Synod controlled Evangelical Lutheran Seminary (now the Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Trinity Lutheran Seminary is an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America seminary located in Columbus, Ohio.-Background:In 1830, the German Theological Seminary of the Ohio Synod, later known as the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary, was founded to meet the need for educating pastors in the...

) of Capital University
Capital University
Capital University is a private liberal arts university of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located in Bexley, Ohio, founded in 1830. In addition to its rigorous liberal arts program, the university also offers a reputable adult degree program in Columbus, Ohio. It is one of the oldest...

 in Bexley, Ohio
Bexley, Ohio
Bexley is an affluent suburban city in Franklin County, Ohio. Founded as a village over a hundred years ago, the City of Bexley is an old, tree-lined suburb of Columbus, the state capital of Ohio, situated on the banks of Alum Creek next to Driving Park and Wolfe Park, just east of the Franklin...

. This represented a one hundred and eighty degree reversal from the original founders’ desire to separate from the German synod and to emphasize use of the English language in teaching. The reunited schools became Trinity Lutheran Seminary as it is known today. It is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It became independent, administratively but not geographically, from Capital University in 1959. The seminary cooperates with the Methodist Seminary in Delaware, Ohio, and the Pontifical Josephinum in Columbus by sharing faculty and student courses.

Rev. Luther Alexander Gotwald
Luther Alexander Gotwald
Rev. Luther Alexander Gotwald, D.D. was a Professor of Theology in the Wittenberg Theological Seminary. He was famously tried for heresy by the Board of Directors at Wittenberg College in Springfield, Ohio on April 4 and April 5, 1893, which put on trial many key issues that Lutherans still debate...

, D.D. (1833–1900), Professor of Theology in the Hamma Divinity School was famously tried for and unanimously acquitted of heresy by the Board of Directors at Wittenberg on April 4 and April 5, 1893, which put on trial many key issues that Lutherans still debate today. Wittenberg attained a national perspective and found a place in the mainstream of American higher education.

Presidents of Wittenberg

  • Ezra Keller (1844–1848)
  • Samuel Sprecher (1849–1874)
  • John B. Helwig (1874–1882)
  • Samuel Alfred Ort (1882–1900)
  • John M. Ruthrauff (1900–1902)
  • Charles G. Heckert (1903–1920)
  • Rees Edgar Tulloss
    Rees Edgar Tulloss
    -External links:*...

  • Clarence Charles Stoughton (1949–1963)
  • John Nissley Stauffer (1963–1968)
  • G. Kenneth Andeen (1969–1974)
  • William A. Kinnison (1974–1995)
  • Baird Tipson
    Baird Tipson
    L. Baird Tipson is an American academic and college administrator. He holds an A.B. degree from Princeton and a Ph.D in religious studies from Yale University . After an initial career as a professor of religion at Virginia and Central Michigan University, Tipson entered academic administration...

  • William H. Steinbrink (Interim President)
  • Mark H. Erickson
    Mark H. Erickson
    Mark H. Erickson is the current and thirteenth president of Wittenberg University beginning in 2005. -References:...


On May 27, 2011, in an official University press-release, it was announced that President Mark H. Erickson
Mark H. Erickson
Mark H. Erickson is the current and thirteenth president of Wittenberg University beginning in 2005. -References:...

 would be stepping down at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year, allowing "the university’s Board of Directors the appropriate amount of time to conduct a national search for Wittenberg’s next president"

About Wittenberg

Wittenberg offers more than 70 majors and special programs. Eight pre-professional programs are offered to students, 70 percent of whom eventually pursue graduate studies. The University's science facilities are housed in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center. Krieg Hall is the home of the music department. Wittenberg's art department is housed in Koch Hall. Thomas Library contains 367,000 volumes and provides access to OhioLINK
The Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK, is a consortium of Ohio’s college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio. Serving more than 600,000 students, faculty, and staff at 88 institutions, OhioLINK’s membership includes 16 public universities, 23 community/technical...

, a consortium
A consortium is an association of two or more individuals, companies, organizations or governments with the objective of participating in a common activity or pooling their resources for achieving a common goal....

 of Ohio college and university libraries as well as the State Library of Ohio. The library houses the Kemper Special Collection Area which contains the Luther-Reformation Collection with more than 400 items written by Martin Luther and his contemporaries between 1517 and 1580. The library was built 1956 to the designs of Thomas Norman Mansell of Mansell, Lewis & Fugate
Mansell, Lewis & Fugate
Mansell, Lewis & Fugate was an architectural firm established in 1955 by architects Thomas Norman Mansell, Richard Arnold Lewis, and Edwin Lindsay Fugate, as the direct successor to the firm, T. Norman Mansell, established in 1938. The firm was based at 300 E...

 of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania is a suburban community located outside of Philadelphia in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania and Haverford Township, Pennsylvania, United States. Wynnewood was named in 1691 for Dr. Thomas Wynne, William Penn's physician and the first Speaker of the Pennsylvania General...


Departments and programs

  • Africana Studies
  • American Studies
  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computational Science
  • Computer Science
  • Chinese
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Early Childhood Development
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Financial Economics
  • Film studies
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology

  • German
  • Global Studies
  • Health/Fitness/Sport
  • Health Science
  • History
  • Honors Program
  • International Studies
  • International Relations
  • Interdepartmental Majors
  • Journalism
  • Japanese
  • Languages
  • Liberal Studies (Community School of Education)
  • Neuroscience
  • Management
  • Marine Science
  • Marine/Aquatic Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Composition
  • Music Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Piano Performance
  • Political Science

  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-health
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Optometry,
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Modern and Ancient World
  • Pre-Theology
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Russian and Central Eurasian Studies
  • School of Community Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Theatre & Dance
  • Violin Performance
  • Urban Studies
  • Woman Studies
  • WittSems
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing
  • Zoology

Blair Hall

Blair hall is where the education department is housed for the university. Undergraduates and Graduate students take classes in this building if they are planning to pursue to become a teacher. The Springfield-Wittenberg Teacher Institute and Upward Bound are both housed in Blair.

The education department has another building which used to be the former Springfield City School administration office at 49 E. College Ave, which is now owned by Wittenberg University.

Recitation Hall

Recitation Hall is where many of the administrative offices for the university are housed. These offices include, admissions, financial aid, the president's office, provost's, student employment, university communications (Wittenberg's Media office for Wittenberg Magazine, Press office, New Media, Sports Media, and Publications office), and human resources. Recitation hall also has its own chapel. This was the second building constructed on campus. In 1883 classes were held in Recitation Hall. There is a second building behind Recitation hall which serves as the university's police and security headquarters, the campus switchboard and the transportation office.

Synod Hall

This building is home to the Economics department, Upward Bound, and The Solution Center. The Upward Bound school offices have been re-located to Synod. The Upward Bound is a high school program for students in low-income areas of the city to receive a high level education from college professors while in high school.


In 2010, Princeton Review ranked Wittenberg 11th in the nation for "Best Classroom Experience," and 15th in the nation for "Professors Get High Marks." In addition, Princeton Review ranked the college's campus the 18th most beautiful in the nation in 2009. The University continues to rank in the top 120 liberal art colleges in the US.

In 2011, US News & World Report ranked Wittenberg the 114th best Liberal Arts college in the US.

Wittenberg University was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 176th best university in the country out of a survey of 6,000 colleges and universities.

The university also has top programs in Communication. The communication program was named by the National Communication Association as Nation's Best program. Along with that Wittenberg University has been named one of only 23 institutions in the nation by the Fiske Guide to Colleges for "Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Drama." The elite ranking places Wittenberg alongside such schools as Juilliard, Vassar
Vassar College
Vassar College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York, in the United States. The Vassar campus comprises over and more than 100 buildings, including four National Historic Landmarks, ranging in style from Collegiate Gothic to International,...

|, Oberlin, Otterbein
Otterbein University
Otterbein University is a private, four-year liberal arts college in Westerville, Ohio, United States. The university was founded in 1847 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. As a result of a division and two mergers involving the Church, the University has since 1968 been associated...

 and Princeton
Princeton University
Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. The school is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, and is one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution....


In the last 10 years, Wittenberg faculty members have won 16 Fulbright awards, more than any other liberal arts college in the state of Ohio. Chronicle of Higher Education says the university is one of 11 bachelor’s programs with more than two professors doing research under Fulbright auspices.


Wittenberg ended the 2009 fall sports season ranked 16th among more than 430 NCAA Division III schools in the Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)

Student Organizations

Anime Club, Chemistry Club, Chinese Dragon Dance Team, Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life
Relay For Life
Relay For Life is the main volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Originating in the United States, the Relay For Life event has spread to 21 countries. Relay events are held in local communities, campus universities, military bases, and in cyberspace...

, College Democrats, College Republicans, Comic Book Club, East Asian Studies Club, Gay-Straight Alliance
Gay-straight alliance
Gay–straight alliances are student organizations, found primarily in North American high schools and universities, that are intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and their straight allies .-Goal:The goal of most, if not all,...

, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, Mock Trial
Mock trial
A Mock Trial is an act or imitation trial. It is similar to a moot court, but mock trials simulate lower-court trials, while moot court simulates appellate court hearings. Attorneys preparing for a real trial might use a mock trial consisting of volunteers as role players to test theories or...

, New York Times Discussion Group, Outdoors Club, Pep Band, Pocket Lint Improvisational Comedy, POWER (Parliament of the Wittenberg Environmental Revolution), Pre-Health Club, Sailing Club, Society of Physics Students, Student Global AIDS Campaign
Student Global AIDS Campaign
The Student Global AIDS Campaign is an advocacy group with more than 85 chapters at high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States. The group is committed to bringing an end to HIV and AIDS in the U.S...

, Student Senate, Swing Dance Club, Union Board, University Communications, Wittenberg Art League, Wittenberg Role-Playing Guild, Wittenberg Rugby, Wittenberg Student Dance Company (WSDC), WUSO radio station, WittMen Crew A Capella, Student newspaper The Torch, Wittenberg Film Club, Diversity Club, Planned Parenthood, and Younglife.

Center for Civic and Urban Engagement

On September 24, 2008, Wittenberg opened the Center for Civic and Urban Engagement. Its purpose is to help coordinate community service projects. Their mission is to also be the partnership between the university and the city, state and federal governments. Warren Copeland, Springfield mayor and the university's professor of religion and director of the urban studies, is the faculty director.

The East Asian Institute for International Studies

The East Asian Institute for International Studies at Wittenberg University manages an internship program, provides export development services, and organizes programs and events focusing on international business and East Asia. The Institute supports and cooperates with Ohio's export development network.

GLBT & Ally Center For Diversity

This is the center on the north side of the campus which helps promote diversity and acceptance to the community of gay, lesbian, transgenders, or other groups.

Springfield Peace Center

This center is located on Wittenberg University's campus and is a non-profit organization. Its goal is educating for peace and teaching alternatives to violence. They hold classes for adults and youth students and hold camps throughout the year. They do ask for donations to help fund the programs.

Wittenberg radio station

The University has its own student run 24 hour radio station on 89.1FM. 89.1 WUSO, has started simulcasting the Dayton classical station WDPR
WDPR is a radio station licensed to Dayton, Ohio, serving the greater Dayton area. The station, which plays classical music, is currently owned by Dayton Public Radio....

 Monday through Friday mornings from 6 am until 10 am. The station broadcasts news, politics, sports, food, music shows. The Tiger Sports Network broadcasts the sports programming. Its studios are located in the basement of Firestine Hall on Woodlawn Ave. The radio station broadcasts throughout the Springfield area. The radio station went through an upgrade on their website to allow audio streaming.

The launch of a new media program called the Integrated Media Corps has recently developed. Wittenberg University has ten students that create and produce news videos, sports highlight videos for WDTN-TV (Dayton NBC), WHIO-TV (Dayton CBS), WKEF-TV (Dayton ABC) and the university web, record news stories for WUSO, the student run radio station, and write press releases for the university website. The program also has began broadcasting sports programs on WIZE-AM in Springfield.

Wittenberg Online Radio

Wittenberg University has recently launched a new radio station for athletics broadcasting. The radio station currently is only internet only. To listen to Wittenberg's athletic radio programming visit the Tiger Sports Network website.

The Wittenberg Torch

The Torch is Wittenberg University's student run newspaper which comes out on campus every Tuesday. The newspaper has a staff of news reporters, editors, viewpoint writers and sports writers.

Wittenberg Medial Facilities

The Wittenberg Health and Counseling services office is located in the basement of Shovlin Hall. For athletic students, services are also available at the Excel Medicine Sports' office located in the Health, Physical, Education and Recreation building located on Bill Edwards Drive.

Residence life

Wittenberg has 7 residence halls on campus, including: Tower Hall, Myers Hall, Firestine Hall, Ferncliff Hall, Woodlawn Hall, New Residence Hall and Polis House. The oldest residence hall is Myers Hall. This was the first campus building when the university opened. Myers Hall is now a National Historic Site for its history. The newest residence hall is called New Residence Hall, which opened in 2006. The Polis House is the international residence hall on campus. International students, International Studies students, or language majors may choose to live in this residence. Students who are at junior or senior standing have the option to live in the university-provided on-campus apartments or off campus in apartments or rental houses.

The Benham-Pence Student Center houses most of the university's dining services. The main floor of the student center houses Post 95 which offers four different options, including Grill 95, Sandilla's sandwich and cafe, Jazzman's cafe, and Ariba Mexican. "Founders", the university pub, is located in the basement of the student center and was opened in during the 2009/2010 school year. The Center Dining Room (also known as the "CDR" by students) is located on the second floor of the Student Center along with the faculty dining room. Breakfast and lunch are also served in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center's "Simply To Go" a la carte cafe.

Greek life

Wittenberg also has an active Greek Life on campus.

Fraternities include:
  • Beta Theta Pi
    Beta Theta Pi
    Beta Theta Pi , often just called Beta, is a social collegiate fraternity that was founded in 1839 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA, where it is part of the Miami Triad which includes Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Chi. It has over 138 active chapters and colonies in the United States and Canada...

     (Alpha Gamma chapter),
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
    Lambda Chi Alpha
    Lambda Chi Alpha is one of the largest men's secret general fraternities in North America, having initiated more than 280,000 members and held chapters at more than 300 universities. It is a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference and was founded by Warren A. Cole, while he was a...

     (Nu Zeta Zeta chapter),
  • Phi Gamma Delta
    Phi Gamma Delta
    The international fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is a collegiate social fraternity with 120 chapters and 18 colonies across the United States and Canada. It was founded at Jefferson College, Pennsylvania, in 1848, and its headquarters are located in Lexington, Kentucky, USA...

    , or FIJI (Sigma chapter),
  • Phi Kappa Psi
    Phi Kappa Psi
    Phi Kappa Psi is an American collegiate social fraternity founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on February 19, 1852. There are over a hundred chapters and colonies at accredited four year colleges and universities throughout the United States. More than 112,000 men have been...

     (Ohio Beta chapter),
  • Delta Tau Delta
    Delta Tau Delta
    Delta Tau Delta is a U.S.-based international secret letter college fraternity. Delta Tau Delta was founded in 1858 at Bethany College, Bethany, Virginia, . It currently has around 125 student chapters nationwide, as well as more than 25 regional alumni groups. Its national community service...

     (Iota Beta chapter),

Sororities include:
  • Alpha Delta Pi
    Alpha Delta Pi
    Alpha Delta Pi is a fraternity founded on May 15, 1851 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. The Executive office for this sorority is located on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia. Alpha Delta Pi is one of the two "Macon Magnolias," a term used to celebrate the bonds it shares with Phi Mu...

     (Chi chapter),
  • Delta Gamma
    Delta Gamma
    Delta Gamma is one of the oldest and largest women's fraternities in the United States and Canada, with its Executive Offices based in Columbus, Ohio.-History:...

     (Gamma Rho chapter),
  • Gamma Phi Beta
    Gamma Phi Beta
    Gamma Phi Beta is an international sorority that was founded on November 11, 1874, at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. The term "sorority," meaning sisterhood, was coined for Gamma Phi Beta by Dr. Frank Smalley, a professor at Syracuse University.The four founders are Helen M. Dodge,...

     (Alpha Nu chapter),
  • Kappa Delta
    Kappa Delta
    Kappa Delta was the first sorority founded at the State Female Normal School , in Farmville, Virginia. It is one of the "Farmville Four" sororities founded at the university...

     (Alpha Nu chapter),
  • Sigma Kappa
    Sigma Kappa
    Sigma Kappa is a sorority founded in 1874 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Sigma Kappa was founded by five women: Mary Caffrey Low Carver, Elizabeth Gorham Hoag, Ida Mabel Fuller Pierce, Frances Elliott Mann Hall and Louise Helen Coburn...

     (Gamma Omega Chapter).

Secret Societies

Wittenberg is also known for its secret societies. One of the most famous secret societies is The Shifters. They are easily identified by the paper clips worn on their clothing, usually around the collar of their shirts.

Recent Commencement speakers

  • Helen Thomas
    Helen Thomas
    Helen Thomas is an American author and former news service reporter, member of the White House Press Corps and opinion columnist. She worked for the United Press and post-1958 successor United Press International for 57 years, first as a correspondent, and later as White House bureau manager...

     - 154th Commencement speaker (1999)
  • Fred Mitchell '69 - 155th Commencement speaker (2000)
  • John E. McLaughlin
    John E. McLaughlin
    John Edward McLaughlin is the former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence and former Acting Director of Central Intelligence. McLaughlin is an accomplished magician and lectured on magic at the 2006 International Brotherhood of Magicians Annual Convention in Miami, Florida...

     '64 - 156th Commencement speaker (2001)
  • Bill Press
    Bill Press
    William "Bill" Press is a US talk radio host, political commentator and author.-Career:Press has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Niagara University and Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the University of Fribourg. He started his broadcasting career in Los Angeles for TV stations KABC-TV and...

     - 157th Commencement speaker (2002)
  • Judith Viorst
    Judith Viorst
    Judith Viorst is an American author, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher. She is perhaps best known for her children's literature, such as The Tenth Good Thing About Barney and the Alexander series of short picture books.In 1968, Viorst signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax...

     - 158th Commencement speaker (2003)
  • Caroll Spinney
    Caroll Spinney
    Caroll Edwin Spinney, sometimes credited as Carroll Spinney or Ed Spinney , is an American puppeteer most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the children's television show Sesame Street.-Life and career:...

     - 159th Commencement speaker (2004)
  • Lois Raimondo '81 - 160th Commencement speaker (2005)
  • Mark Mathabane
    Mark Mathabane
    Mark Mathabane is an author, lecturer, and a former collegiate tennis player and college professor.- Early life in South Africa :...

     - 161st Year Commencement speaker (2006)
  • Juan Williams
    Juan Williams
    Juan Williams is an American journalist and political analyst for Fox News Channel, he was born in Panama on April 10, 1954. He also writes for several newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal and has been published in magazines such as The Atlantic...

     - 162nd Year Commencement speaker (2007)
  • Dave Hobson
    Dave Hobson
    David Lee Hobson is an American politician of the Republican Party who served as a U.S. representative from the seventh congressional district of Ohio.Hobson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Withrow High School in 1954...

     - 163rd Year Commencement speaker (2008)
  • Richard Stengel
    Richard Stengel
    Richard "Rick" Stengel is an American editor, journalist and author and is Time magazine's 16th managing editor. While best known for his work for Time, he has written a number of books including a collaboration with Nelson Mandela on Mandela's autobiography...

     - 164th Year Commencement speaker (2009)
  • Zackie Achmat
    Zackie Achmat
    Zackie Achmat is a South African activist, most widely known as founder and chairman of the Treatment Action Campaign and for his work on the behalf of people living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa.-Early life:...

     - 165th Year Commencement speaker (2010)
  • Doug Ulman - 166th Year Commencement speaker (2011)

Notable alumni

  • Steve Abbott
    Steve Abbott
    Stephen Abbott is an Australian comedian and author.He was a member of the band The Castanet Club with others such as Mikey Robins Angela Moore and Maynard Crabbes- Bibliography:...

    , actor
  • Brian Agler
    Brian Agler
    Brian Agler is a basketball coach, currently the head coach of WNBA's Seattle Storm. He has been the head coach of two other professional women's teams, and won two professional titles as coach....

    , basketball coach, currently the head coach of WNBA's Seattle Storm
  • Sherwood Anderson
    Sherwood Anderson
    Sherwood Anderson was an American novelist and short story writer. His most enduring work is the short story sequence Winesburg, Ohio. Writers he has influenced include Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, J. D. Salinger, and Amos Oz.-Early life:Anderson was born in Clyde, Ohio,...

    , writer
  • Jennette Bradley
    Jennette Bradley
    -Personal life:Jennette Bradley , her family would settle in a neighborhood on Columbus' east side, after her father retired from the United States Army. Bradley graduated from East High School in 1970...

    , former Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
    Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
    The position of lieutenant governor of Ohio was established in 1852. The lieutenant governor becomes governor if the governor resigns, dies in office or is removed by impeachment. Before 1852, the president of the Ohio State Senate would serve as acting governor if a vacancy in the governorship...

     and Ohio State Treasurer
    Ohio State Treasurer
    -List of Ohio State Treasurers:...

  • John Chowning
    John Chowning
    John M. Chowning is an American composer, musician, inventor, and professor best known for his work at Stanford University and his invention of FM synthesis while there.-Contribution:...

    , American musician, inventor and professor
  • Al Davis
    Al Davis
    Allen "Al" Davis was an American football executive. He was the principal owner of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League from 1970 to 2011...

    , owner of the Oakland Raiders
    Oakland Raiders
    The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football team based in Oakland, California. They currently play in the Western Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League...

     NFL franchise ***attended Wittenberg University but graduated from Syracuse University 1950
  • Lloyd C. Douglas
    Lloyd C. Douglas
    Lloyd Cassel Douglas born Doya C. Douglas, was an American minister and author.He was born in Columbia City, Indiana, spent part of his boyhood in Monroeville, Indiana, Wilmot, Indiana and Florence, Kentucky, where his father, Alexander Jackson Douglas, was pastor of the Hopeful Lutheran Church...

    , minister and author.
  • Sandy Dukat
    Sandy Dukat
    Sandy Dukat is an American athlete. Born in Canton, Ohio, she had her right leg amputated above the knee at the age of four. She won two bronze medals for alpine skiing at the 2002 Winter Paralympics in Salt Lake City and one bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Paralympics in Turin...

    , an American athlete
  • Isaac Kaufmann Funk
    Isaac Kaufmann Funk
    Isaac Kaufmann Funk was an American Lutheran minister, editor, lexicographer, publisher, and spelling reformer. He was the co-founder of Funk & Wagnalls Company, the father of author Wilfred J. Funk, and the grandfather of author Peter Funk...

    , editor, lexicographer, publisher; founder of Funk & Wagnalls Company publishing firm
  • Benjamin Thurman Hacker
    Benjamin Thurman Hacker
    Rear Admiral Benjamin Thurman Hacker was a U.S. Navy officer, who became the first Naval Flight Officer to achieve Flag rank.-Early life:...

     (1935–2003), U.S. Navy Officer, first Naval Flight Officer to achieve flag rank
    Flag Officer
    A flag officer is a commissioned officer in a nation's armed forces senior enough to be entitled to fly a flag to mark where the officer exercises command. The term usually refers to the senior officers in an English-speaking nation's navy, specifically those who hold any of the admiral ranks; in...

  • Elwood V. Jensen
    Elwood V. Jensen
    Elwood V. Jensen is the Distinguished University Professor, George and Elizabeth Wile Chair in Cancer Research at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. In 2004 he received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for his research on...

    , scientist
  • David Ward King
    David Ward King
    David Ward King , a farmer who lived near Maitland, Missouri, was the inventor of the King road drag. His invention, which was the horse-drawn forerunner of the modern road grader, had great influence on American life because his invention improved the widespread dirt roads of his day to the extent...

    , inventor of the King Road Drag
  • Ron Lancaster
    Ron Lancaster
    Ronald "Ron" Lancaster was one of the pre-eminent quarterbacks of the Canadian Football League during his playing career; after his retirement as a player, he was also coach and general manager in the same league, and a sports announcer for CBC Television...

    , Famed CFL
    Canadian Football League
    The Canadian Football League or CFL is a professional sports league located in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football, a form of gridiron football closely related to American football....

  • Pierre Lhomme
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    , Renowned French cinematographer
  • Douglas E. Lumpkin
    Douglas E. Lumpkin
    Douglas E. Lumpkin, an Ohio civil servant, was appointed as the director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services , Ohio's largest agency, and a member of the Ohio Governor's Cabinet, by Governor Ted Strickland on December 19, 2008...

    , director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
    Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
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  • Robert J. Marshall
    Robert J. Marshall
    Robert James Marshall was an American clergyman and religious leader who was president of the Lutheran Church in America in the 1970s, at the time the largest Lutheran church in the United States...

    , President of the Lutheran Church of America.
  • William C. Martin
    William C. Martin
    William C. "Bill" Martin was University of Michigan Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Director from 2000 to 2010.Martin is president of the United States Sailing Foundation and also served as president of the U.S. Sailing Association, the national governing body of the sport of sailing from...

    , University of Michigan
    University of Michigan
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     Athletic Director, 2000–2009; founder of First Martin Corp.; former director with the United States Olympic Committee
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  • John E. McLaughlin
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    , former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
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    , senior fellow at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
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     and Brookings Institution
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    , Chief Scout Executive
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     of Boy Scouts of America
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    , from 1993 to 2000.
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    Hugh M. Raup
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    , American botanist and ecologist
  • Robert Bruce Raup
    Robert Bruce Raup
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    , philosopher and writer
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    , actor
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    , Los Angeles City Council member, 1961–67
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    , Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
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    Harry Aubrey Toulmin, Sr.
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    , American lawyer who wrote the "flying machine
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    " patent application that resulted in the patent granted to the Wright Brothers
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     in 1906
  • Adam Willis Wagnalls
    Adam Willis Wagnalls
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  • Walter L. Weaver
    Walter L. Weaver
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    , U.S. Representative
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  • Karl Weick
    Karl Weick
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