DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University has appointed Dan Hitchell, M.B.A., as vice president for finance and administration and treasurer of the university. Hitchell previously served as associate vice president for resource planning and budget at Webster University in St. Louis. He will join Ohio Wesleyan in January.
“Dan Hitchell brings a wealth of budget, facilities management, and other experience to Ohio Wesleyan,” said President Rock Jones, Ph.D. “His expertise will be invaluable as we continue to work strategically to refurbish and expand our residential facilities and to build our endowment. Ohio Wesleyan is rich with potential, and Dan will help us to realize this potential and achieve our goals of providing a positive, life-changing educational experience for each and every one of our students.”
Hitchell served six years at Webster University, a private, nonprofit liberal arts university, where his responsibilities included budgeting, operational planning, strategic planning, risk management, financial analyses, procurement, facilities operations, construction management, capital projects, capital financing strategies, and real estate management. While at Webster, he also served on the university’s strategic planning committee, program review committee, and university press.
He previously worked for 15 years at Saint Louis University, serving as both its manager and, later, director of financial planning and budgeting. At the university, Hitchell was responsible for managing the annual budget process. He also served leadership roles in conducting a program revenue and cost assessment and in developing annual employee benefit plans.
Hitchell earned his Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Evansville and his Bachelor of Science degree in quantitative business analysis at Western Kentucky University.
“The future belongs to institutions that can see it, influence it, and shape it to their advantage,” Hitchell said. “With dynamic leadership and a bold strategic plan, Ohio Wesleyan University has the focus necessary to shape and achieve a bright future. I look forward to being part of the OWU team.”
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 2012 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. Learn more at www.owu.edu.