After reviewing the credentials of more than one hundred applicants, the Board of Trustees selected Dr. Thomas Jefferson Kerr, IV as the eighteenth president of Otterbein College. He assumed office on July 1,1971. Although he is young in years. Doctor Kerr has a wide range of experience as a scholar, teacher and college administrator. Having received a B.S. degree from Cornell University in 1956 and an M.A. from the University of Buffalo in 1959, he joined the department of history and government at Otterbein College in 1963. Syracuse University awarded him the Ph.D. degree in social studies in 1965.
College Presidential Inauguration, Otterbein College
Otterbein University, "Thomas Jefferson Kerr, IV - Eighteenth President" (1971). Presidential Inaugurations. 3.