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Muskingum College Alumnus and Trustee William T. Dentzer, Jr. inducted into OFIC Hall of Excellence


APRIL 1, 2004 - Muskingum College alumnus and long-time trustee William T. Dentzer, Jr. has been inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) Hall of Excellence. The induction took place at the organization's Evening of Excellence banquet in Columbus the evening of March 31.

Dentzer is the retired founding chairman of the board and retired chief executive officer of The Depository Trust Company, the world's largest securities depository.
Following his graduation from Muskingum in 1951, Dentzer held various U.S. government posts concerned with international economic development in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. His last assignment in Washington, D.C. was as Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Committee on the Alliance for Progress.

Later, after moving to New York, he was the state banking regulator under Governor Rockefeller and, thereafter, assumed the duties of founding chairman of the board and chief executive officer of The Depository Trust Company, which was created in response to the securities industry crisis of the late 1960s.

Dentzer's impressive career has provided the backdrop for a series of lectures that he delivered as the Muskingum College Distinguished Professor of American Studies. In 1995, he received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by Muskingum's Alumni Association.

"As a member of the Muskingum Board of Trustees since 1972, Mr. Dentzer has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the College with his leadership. His achievements in the national and worldwide financial arenas and in service to Muskingum and his community make him an important role model and inspiration for all," said Muskingum College President Dr. Anne C. Steele.

Dentzer joins these Muskingum alumni honorees in the Hall: Senator John H. Glenn, Jr., U.S. Senator and astronaut; Annie Glenn, advocate for health disabilities; Charles J. Pilliod, retired chair of the board and CEO, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.; Jacqueline Dudek Woods, former president, Ameritech Ohio; Jack Hanna, television personality and director emeritus, Columbus Zoo; and Philip Caldwell, retired chairman of the board and CEO, Ford Motor Company.