Doug Zipp

Director of Athletics

Doug Zipp joined Ohio Wesleyan as athletics director in 2017, and in his first five years, he has helped expand OWU sports with a successful wrestling team, increased access and opportunities in women’s programs, overseen the renovation of Branch Rickey Arena, and guided the program through a pandemic.

Early in Doug’s career, he spent 16 years at Kenyon College, including nine in student life—as dean of residential life and dean of students. He says this experience gave him a wide-angle lens to understand and appreciate student growth and development.

“‘Sitting in the chair’ of student-conduct meetings, room selection, advising, facility management, being on call 24/7 for student issues, and a host of other administrative roles,” he says, “allows me to pull from so many different experiences and, I hope, provide good counsel and direction to our students and staff.”

His goals for OWU’s athletic program grow from his career in student life: academic success, service to the community, a holistic student-athlete experience, and winning.

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(Photo by Paul Vernon)

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