Arkansas Razorbacks Athletics Director to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan

OWU Graduate Jeff Long to Discuss ‘Role of Ethics in Leadership and Decision Making’ April 3
Jeff Long ’82. (Photo courtesy of University of Arkansas)

Jeff Long ’82. (Photo courtesy of University of Arkansas)

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University graduate Jeff Long, vice chancellor and director of athletics for the University of Arkansas, will discuss the “Role of Ethics in Leadership and Decision Making” when he speaks April 3 on the OWU campus.

Long will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 3 in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The lecture also is scheduled to be streamed live online at StreamOWU.

A Kettering, Ohio, native, Long played football and baseball for the Battling Bishops, earning seven varsity letters before graduating in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He earned a master’s degree in education in 1983 at Miami University of Ohio.

Long has more than two decades of experience in athletic administration at the Division I level including positions with the University of Oklahoma, University of Michigan, Virginia Tech University, Eastern Kentucky University, and University of Pittsburgh. In 2007, he joined the University of Arkansas, where he is credited with streamlining and reorganizing the Razorbacks athletic program.

Long works both in the classroom and on the field to ensure athletic and educational success for college students. Principles of integrity, community service, and winning characterize his work, and he is a strong advocate for the student-athlete.

While director of the University of Pittsburgh’s athletic program, Long played a key role in implementing the “Quest for Excellence Campaign,” which generated nearly $34 million in scholarship endowments and facility construction and renovation. He also served on the NCAA’s Sports Wagering Task Force in 2004 and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Division I-A Athletic Directors’ Association.

Long’s OWU presentation represents the university’s 2013 Heisler Business Ethics Lecture. The annual lecture is funded by the Heisler Family Endowment for the Study of Ethics. The endowment honors university graduates James Heisler, Class of 1938; Robert Heisler, Class of 1942; and Bruce Heisler, Class of 1949.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship. Founded in 1985, the Woltemade Center helps students to integrate business theory and practice, and provides lectures and other resources to benefit students, faculty, and the local community.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

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