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Dave Wottle To Be Recognized For Service To College and Olympic Win

Publication Date: 5/1/2012

Dave Wottle, longtime Rhodes dean of admissions, and for the last year, special assistant to the president, is retiring. His leaving coincides with the 40th anniversary of his victory in the 800-meter run that earned him a gold medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

In recognition of Wottle’s three decades of service to Rhodes and the anniversary of his Olympic win, he will be honored on May 3 by the campus community.

Wottle came to college in 1983 after having served as dean of admissions at Bethany College in West Virginia. In a 1983 article in Southwestern Today, Wottle said about the then Southwestern at Memphis, “You can get a good liberal arts education and you can get it in a beautiful setting, in an environment that has a lot of options in terms of internships and preparation for careers. It’s a great combination.”

He went on to successfully grow the number of campus visits by prospective students, encourage faculty to contact those students, increase alumni involvement in recruiting and improve and expand admission publications to reach recruits.

Tags: Admissions, Campus Life, Honors, President, Service, Staff


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Judith Bellamy Witherspoon May 3, 2012


Even though it was about 20 years ago, I can say that it was truly a pleasure to work with you. Enjoy your retirement!


Diane (Davis) Lieberfarb May 1, 2012

Doing some research for my students (I am a school counselor) and saw my fellow BGSU alum!

Small world!!! Good Luck on your retirement!!

Diane (Class of 1970)