President DeWine announces retirement plans

Hanover College President Sue DeWine announced at the April 5 meeting of the College’s Board of Trustees her intention to retire June 30, 2015, following her eighth year as president of Indiana’s oldest four-year college. DeWine is the 15th president in Hanover’s 187-year history and only the sixth since 1879.

“In a few short years, Sue DeWine was able to make Hanover College an exciting place of higher education, said Hanover board chair Phillip D. Scott. “ The attitude on campus is remarkably positive, and the future of the college is bright. She led us through challenging times and will  leave a lasting legacy of growth and enthusiasm. Sue is a remarkable person and Hanover owes her a deep debt of gratitude.”

“I think the timing is right for me to retire as we will celebrate the end of a successful capital campaign this fall and have successfully implemented initiatives from our first strategic plan,” said DeWine. “It’s time for new leadership to implement the many ideas in development that will continue to chart Hanover’s future.”

During DeWine’s tenure, freshman enrollment has increased by 40 percent, and student diversity has soared from four percent to 15 percent in the incoming classes. International students have increased to more than four percent, while overall enrollment has climbed to more than 1,160 — a 20 percent increase since her inauguration.

DeWine was also instrumental in the success of the college’s Live Our Loyalty Campaign, launched in July 2010. Designed to enhance students’ experiences, the campaign raised more than $26 million to enrich academic distinctiveness, build new outdoor athletic facilities, enhance study abroad opportunities, energize social life and increase scholarship support.  To date, the following facilities have been renovated or are under construction: a new student activities center, new tennis courts, renovated dining hall, new renovated space for the learning center; a new residence hall is under construction, as are new outdoor athletic facilities, with an expected completion date of fall 2014.

Other achievements include a $1.8 million in capital improvements that funded extensive renovations of student residence halls and the installation of a campus-wide wireless network.

Improvements to athletics include $750,000 for a football field facelift and adding men’s and women’s lacrosse, including hiring a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame to coach.

Two of the hallmarks of DeWine’s tenure, which has allowed the College to achieve such success, are her inclusive management style, and the development and implementation of a strategic plan. “Leveling the Playing Field: Strategic Initiatives for Hanover College 2009-15,” focused on increasing enrollment and creating a more stable financial model.

DeWine has used her extensive communication background to build stronger relationships between the administration and faculty, staff and students, adding two non-voting faculty members and two non-voting students to the Board of Trustees. For that effort, she earned the 2008 Shared Governance Award from the Indiana chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Active in community service, DeWine has served on the Board of Trustees for the Indiana Historical Society, and is a board member of the INTERnet for Indiana that strives to retain Indiana talent by increasing the quality and quantity of internships across the state. She is past president of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and executive board member for the Independent Colleges of Indiana.

Connecting Hanover College with the surrounding communities of Madison and Hanover was another trademark of DeWine’s presidency. Last year, she started a collaborative breakfast with community leaders. She is regularly asked to serve as a keynote speaker at civic events. She and her husband support local charitable and community events.

A key focus for DeWine has been increasing alumni involvement and engagement with their alma mater. In 2013 she expanded her travels to Florida, California,  Ohio, Texas, New York, Colorado, Washington, Hilton Head, S.C., and the Chicago area for alumni campaign receptions.  Her extensive outreach efforts have been instrumental in ensuring the success of the Live Our Loyalty campaign, and energizing alumni to support their college.

DeWine earned a doctorate in interpersonal and organizational communication and consulting psychology from Indiana University in 1977. She received a master’s degree in rhetoric from Miami University (Ohio) in 1967 and a bachelor’s degree in English and education from Miami in 1966.

Prior to joining Hanover, DeWine served as Provost at Marietta College (Ohio) from 2000-07, where she oversaw all academic and support units. She guided the implementation of major general education revision with a cross-disciplinary focus and with officials implemented a number of million dollar federal grants.

DeWine served as a professor at Ohio University from 1985-2000 in organizational communication, and research and consulting. She served as the director of the School of Interpersonal Communication from 1988-2000. Awards include the Elizabeth G. Andersch Award for scholarship, teaching and leadership and the Robert J. Kibler Outstanding Professional Award for dedication to excellence and acceptance of diversity, vision and forthrightness form the National Communication Association.

Her expertise has made her an invaluable consultant to Fortune 500 companies, government and educational institutions on subjects such as communication and conflict, strategic planning and facilitating off-site team building meetings. A well-published author, DeWine has written more than 60 communication-related books and professional articles.

The National Communication Association created the Sue DeWine Book Award in 2011 for her contribution of outstanding books in applied communications.

DeWine’s husband, Mike, is a former science teacher and long-time health industry educator, who has served as a working partner to campus employees in several ways. His interest in cuisine led to an addition of several food choices for students and campus personnel that included vegetarian and vegan fare that cater to today’s changing diets. He also worked to enhance the beauty of the 650-acre grounds by expanding views of the Ohio River and identifying the varied species of flora on campus.

She and Mike are the parents of two children. Son, James, resides in Bellingham, Wash., and pursues a career in computer software with a brokerage firm and will be married on the Hanover campus this spring to Katie Stromdahl.  Daughter Leigh Anne lives in Washington, D.C., and is the legislative management officer, Bureau of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She is married to David Roth, senior advisor at the U.S. Department of International Trade Agreements, and they are the parents of the DeWines’ first grandchild, Cora Emerson.