Campus Icon: Otto German ’73

Campus Icon: Otto German ’73

He’s seen life at the College as a student, a student-athlete and a staff member. He’s served under six college presidents and has worked in almost every corner of campus, seeing and experiencing firsthand the College’s dramatic transformation from a small private school to a midsized, state-supported university.

“Yes, I’ve seen a lot of change, and I’ve done a number of things during my time here,” observes Otto German ’73, who worked in financial aid and veterans affairs, student affairs, and admissions before moving to athletics, where he has been the director of NCAA compliance since 1992. “They all dealt directly with people, and I like helping people.”

His favorite job over four decades? “It’s hard to pick one over another because I enjoyed them all, but if I have to choose one, it would be my work in the admissions office,” he says. “Admissions is the first line of contact with the students and their families, and that’s an important part of the process in promoting the College. That admissions position gave me an opportunity to travel and meet people from different backgrounds.”

And, looking back, it’s the people he’s met that have made his career at the College so special.

“Overall,” says German, “I’ve had the pleasure to work with so many wonderful people, and I’ve built some great relationships that will last a lifetime.”

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