Mary Anne Rohleder, a 1970 University of Findlay alumnus who has been chosen as the fall semester visiting executive for the College of Business, will give a free community lecture on leadership at 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in Old Main’s Ritz Auditorium.
Rohleder’s speech is titled “Developing Your Leadership Styles.” She will integrate stories from a career in sports management that will pervade all disciplines. As visiting executive, she will also engage with students enrolled in two sport and event management classes, and will address student athletes.
After graduating from then Findlay College with a bachelor’s degree in education, she received a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University. She also received a master’s degree in education administration and school counseling at Butler University.
Rohleder has held several administrative and athletic roles in the academic world. She began her career as a teacher and coach for three Ohio school districts. She later served as assistant to the director and group sales director for Southern Methodist University’s athletic department; as assistant executive director of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in Kansas, City, Missouri; and as senior associate athletics director at Butler University and Indiana University.
She was also a member of the governance groups for the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, now the Horizon League; and held several positions in the Big Ten Conference administration, such as member and chair of the Senior Woman Administrators Council, and member of the legislative review committee. She has served as an NCAA Division I athletics certification peer reviewer and as a member of its Committee on Athletics Certification.
In 2011, Rohleder received the University of Findlay’s Distinguished Alumna Award. In 2010, she received the Indiana University Alumni Association’s Bill Orwig Award, presented for outstanding contributions to the Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Following the community presentation, Rohleder will briefly be available for media interviews.
Ritz Auditorium is located on Old Main’s second floor. An elevator located on the building’s west side makes it accessible to all.