Curtin to Address Ohio Dominican University Winter Commencement Graduates
Columbus, OH (43219) – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) will hold its 98th commencement exercise at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Approximately 200 students will have degrees conferred upon them as they are joined by hundreds of family and friends in Alumni Hall.
Michael Curtin, former president, Chief Operating Officer, and Vice Chairman of the Dispatch Printing Company, and Ohio representative-elect, will deliver the commencement address.
In November 2012, Curtin, was elected as a Democrat to represent Ohio’s 17th District in the Ohio House of Representatives.
Curtin retired from the Dispatch Printing Company in 2007 after 38 years. He began his career with The Dispatch in 1973 as a general assignment reporter. He spent the next 18 years covering state and local government, public policy, and politics.
In 1985, he became The Dispatch’s chief political writer, public affairs editor, and director of the Dispatch Poll. In 1994, he was promoted to executive managing editor. The next year, he was named editor, and in 1998, was promoted to associate publisher.
Curtin was named president in 1999, chief operating officer in 2002, and vice chairman in 2005. From 2008-2011, he served as associate publisher emeritus.
Curtin has served on a variety of boards, including those of Ohio Dominican University, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Newspaper Association, the Mount Carmel Health System, the YMCA of Central Ohio, the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation, the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Columbus, and Prevent Blindness Ohio.
He is a graduate of Bishop Watterson High School and of The Ohio State University School of Journalism.
Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.