Sue DeWine Bio

Sue DeWine, Ph.D., became the 15th president of Hanover College July 1, 2007. She has had a successful career in academe with extensive experience as an administrator, fundraiser and communication consultant.

Since DeWine's arrival, freshman enrollment has increased by 40 percent, and student diversity has soared from four percent to 15 percent in the incoming classes. In addition, five minority staff members now hold highly visible administrative and coaching positions. International students have increased to more than four percent, while overall enrollment has climbed to over 1,160 — a 20 percent increase since her inauguration.

In July of 2010, Hanover launched the Live Our Loyalty Campaign to enhance students’ experiences: academic distinctiveness, outdoor athletic facilities, study abroad, energizing social life, and increased scholarship support. At its completion in September 2014, the campaign had brought in more than $55 million in philanthropic assets, and the following facilities have been renovated or completed: a new student activities center, new tennis courts, renovated dining hall, new renovated space for the Learning Center, a new residence hall in the former Lynn Gym and the new outdoor athletic sports center.

Other achievements include a $1.8 million capital improvement that funded extensive renovations of student residences, installation of a wireless network installed campus wide and a student activity center funded by generous donors. Improvements to athletics include $750,000 for a football field facelift, adding lacrosse and hiring a Hall of Famer to coach, new tennis courts donated by Michael Zeddies ’77 and his wife, Judy.

DeWine has established traditions like the Fall Gala for students, faculty and staff, a Halloween party for the student body held at the President’s home and BRAVO!, a reception for supporters held before The President Honors the Arts event. This occasion, held annually each spring, celebrates top student achievement in the arts.

During the height of the economic downtown, the college actually increased financial aid for students, making up a $750,000 reduction in state aid by tapping into the endowment savings account and adding fundraising for need-based aid. Hanover currently has a goal for 90 percent of students to have the opportunity to enjoy a study-abroad program during the May term.

A key focus has been increasing alumni involvement. In 2013 she expanded her travels to Florida, California, Texas, New York, Washington D.C., Hilton Head and the Chicago area for alumni campaign receptions. 

With her support the following has been implemented:

  • A Global Scholars Scholarship Competition developed by the Admission office, which entitles students selected to compete with a free international May Term experience
  • The Benjamin Templeton Scholarship program, another Admission initiative,  which awards 10 full-tuition scholarships to students committed to social justice
  • A federal work-study program for financial aid — a first at Hanover College. Acceptance of these funds has led to awards from several endowments
  • Week-long academic summer seminars for high school students run by the Rivers Institute
  • Full support for the campus green movement, including the appointment of a director of environmental stewardship to oversee the project
  • The Safety Watch program, which protects the welfare of students who drink.
  • The Lifelong Learning program that offers college classes for seniors 55+
  • The hiring of seasoned business professionals and entrepreneurs to take the Business Scholars Program (BSP) to a new level, and to direct the Rivers Institute
  • A new Health and Biomedical Science Program (HBSP) boasting externships for pre-med students

Connecting Hanover College with the surrounding communities of Madison and Hanover is another hallmark 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.

Mike DeWine is a former science teacher and long-time health industry educator. He has revolutionized the food service on campus, adding more food choices, including vegetarian and vegan fare that cater to the changing diets of today’s students.

Under her watch, the Capstone events and Community Arts Series have attracted such notable speakers as Jane Goodall, Garrison Keillor, Ed Begley, Jr., Richard Leakey, and Jean-Michel Cousteau.

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 American Association of University Professors.

Active in community service, DeWine serves 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.

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

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.

She earned a doctorate in interpersonal and organizational communication and consulting psychology from Indiana University in 1977. DeWine 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.

She is married to Mike DeWine, a retired medical educator. She and her husband are the parents of two children. Son, James, resides in Bellingham, Wash., and pursues a career in computer software with a brokerage firm. 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.