Kathy A. Krendl is the 20th president and the first woman to lead Otterbein University, a comprehensive master's institution of 3,000 students founded in 1847 as the first coeducational institution in the country. Since joining Otterbein, the institution has won national recognition for its distinctive undergraduate curriculum and focus on experiential learning. Otterbein is consistently recognized on the President's Honor Roll of community-engaged institutions and ranks in the top tier of institutions for its commitment to a student-centered learning environment.
Prior to joining Otterbein, Krendl served in key leadership positions at Ohio University including Executive Vice President and Provost as well as Dean of the Scripps College of Communication. At Indiana University, Krendl served as a faculty member, administrator, and Dean of IU's state-wide School of Continuing Studies.
Krendl earned her BA at Lawrence University, her MA at Ohio State University, and her PhD at University of Michigan. During her tenure at Otterbein, she has received the Global Women's Summit Leadership Award, the Living Faith Award, and Ohio's Most Powerful and Influential Women Award.