John Ottenhoff has over thirty years of experience in higher education and non-profit management. His expertise and areas of strength include academic technology, accreditation and assessment, faculty development, grant writing and administration, new program development, program review, shared governance, and experiential learning.
John’s career began at Wagner College where he served as a tenured Associate Professor of Languages and Literature; he then advanced to Oxford Brookes University (England), the University of Groningen (Netherlands), and Wabash College (Indiana). John served as Associate Provost at Alma College from 2005-2007 where he focused on faculty development and mentoring and academic standards. He then moved to the Associated Colleges of the Midwest as Vice President from 2007-2012. The association comprised 14 liberal arts colleges. John’s work there focused on overseeing the association’s operations, as well as faculty and leadership development, program assessment, and grant writing. In 2012, John joined the College of Idaho as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, a position he held until 2017, where he provided academic leadership and management for the college. In 2016, John became the Executive Director for the college’s Foundation and Corporate Relations where he worked closely with administrators, faculty and staff to develop new funding opportunities and cultivate relationships with foundations, corporations, and government agencies. In 2018, John joined the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges as the interim COO, overseeing operations and taking part in key technology and membership initiatives for the organization. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.