Otterbein University announced in a release Monday, Aug. 7, that its first female president, Kathy Krendl, is ready to retire.

According to the release, Krendl, Otterbein’s 21st president, will continue to serve in her current role until the end of June 2018.

Krendl oversaw fundraising efforts, the launch of new academic programs and the creation of The Point, Otterbein’s new science, technology, engineering, arts and math “innovation center.”

Krendl is the first recipient of the Women for Economic Leadership Development Riveter Award and was named among Ohio’s “most powerful and influential women” by the National Diversity Council. She was a finalist for the 2016 Columbus CEO Award.

Shealso has served on multiple boards outside Otterbein, including the Columbus YWCA, I Know I Can, Ohio Campus Compact and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation.

Krendl founded the Otterbein University Women’s Leadership Network, which supports mentoring and professional development of women and girls in various fields of interest, and continued to teach a first-year seminar on women and leadership.

Read the full story in the Aug. 17 edition of ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion.