About Us

Staff

Combining a wide variety of education and expertise, the Cutler Scholars Program staff rallies to advise, plan, and implement the mission of transformation.

Dr. Margaux Cowden

Dr. Margaux Cowden

Director

Kristine Daugherty

Kristine Daugherty

Associate Director

Sharon Romina

Sharon Romina

Administrative Assistant

 Dr. Charles J. Ping

Dr. Charles J. Ping

Director Emeritus

 Dr. Herman “Butch” Hill, Jr.

Dr. Herman “Butch” Hill, Jr.

Outgoing Director

Generosity and Investment

The Cutler Scholars Program legacy was secured by the generosity of leaders committed to developing transformational leadership for future generations. We honor these benefactors and welcome the support of others who share their vision. Contact us to learn how you can contribute to the Cutler Scholars Program.

Major Donors:

  • Dorothy Adler
  • Alumni and Friends of Civil Engineering
  • Dr. Jeanette Grasselli Brown
  • G. Kenner and Margene Gilson Bush
  • Barbara Caldwell
  • Alfred and Inez Corrado
  • Cutler Scholars Alumni
  • James E. Daley
  • Diagnostic Hybrids

 

  • Friends of Jack G. and Sue Mathis Ellis
  • Lizabeth and Charles R. Emrick
  • The Executive Advisory Board
  • Beatrice Gibby
  • Risto Gusterov
  • Paul F. and Gwyneth G. Hoff
  • Leona M. Hughes
  • Dr. James H. Jewell
  • Dr. Wilfred R. Konneker

 

  • The Marathon Oil Company Foundation
  • Lois McClure
  • Drs. Cruse W. and Virginia Patton Moss
  • Alan E. and Ruby Tignor Riedel
  • Mrs. Beth K. Stocker
  • Charles and Marilyn Stuckey
  • Joan Herrold Wood
Dr. Wilfred R. Konneker

Dr. Wilfred R. Konneker

Jack G. Ellis

Jack G. Ellis

Charles J. Ping

Charles J. Ping

Historical Grounding

Longstanding friendship and intellectual collaboration led to the creation of the Cutler Scholars Program. The first conversations were between Dr. Wilfred R. Konneker, a frequent and most generous donor to Ohio University, and Jack G. Ellis, at that time the University’s vice-president for development. Konneker wanted to reward scholarship among students at his high school alma mater and encourage them to attend Ohio University; Ellis had the goal of a prestigious privately endowed Ohio University scholarship for each of Ohio’s 88 counties. These two shared their thoughts with then-President Charles J.Ping, and the program was born with his enthusiastic backing.

The first awards were made for the 1996-1997 academic year. As more donors joined the program, numbers of Cutler Scholars swelled from the initial six students to an undergraduate body of 30 students. Many of the program characteristics were adopted from the Rhodes Trust, from which the internationally known Rhodes Scholars program draws. Each Cutler Scholars award is privately funded by individuals and organizations who share in the ideal of identifying and developing young men and women with uncommon intellect, maturity, and leadership potential. The program is named for the Rev. Manasseh Cutler, co-founder of Ohio University whose many talents as a botanist, writer, lawyer, and minister earned him the title of “”Renaissance man” in Thomas Hoover’s The History of Ohio University.