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In Appreciation Paul & Susan Marion Bid Farewell

Spring/Summer 2015

Thirteen years ago, Dr. Paul and Susan Marion came to Tiffin and began a successful tenure as Tiffin University’s President and First Lady. On April 24, in celebration of President Marion’s retirement, the couple bid a poignant farewell to the TU family during a reception held in their honor at the Heminger Center.

President Marion said that the primary motivators in his career have been to make a positive contribution to society, to be a part of an organization that is growing and developing, and to work with good people. He said that being associated with Tiffin University has allowed him to accomplish these goals.

After a heartfelt thank you to the faculty, staff and Board of Trustees, President Marion turned his attention to the students.

“Probably the thing Susan and I liked most was getting to know the students,” he said. “We’ve had a great group of students the entire time we’ve been here and I’m sure that will continue.”

He also expressed his sincere appreciation to the alumni, donors and Tiffin community before introducing Susan as “a great wife, my best friend” and someone who has contributed much to the Tiffin community.

“The best decision I ever made was to marry Paul Marion,” Susan began. “It’s been such a great journey, and, coming to Tiffin was especially exciting. It’s been such a privilege and a pleasure to be a part of the Tiffin University family…and we are a family. I have always felt that way.” She emphasized that the Tiffin community also has been a tremendous blessing in their lives by offering them friendship and support.

During their years in Tiffin, while Paul was leading the University, Susan was busy serving as a Success Coach for students who needed academic assistance, directing music ensembles, and hosting many events on campus and at the Schriner House. She also introduced many local children to the world of music by offering piano lessons in their home. Some of those students were in attendance at the retirement reception.

“I want you to know what a joy it was to have you there every afternoon and to watch you grow up,” she told them. “I want to thank you for all you have given me.”

The couple will be starting a new chapter of their lives when they retire to Arizona this summer. But Susan assured the group of well-wishers that technology will enable them to stay close to the place they’ve called home.

“Thank you so much — more than I can ever say — for a great 13 years. We wish you all the best and we’ll keep an eye on things from Arizona. We can watch many TU events and programs on the computer now,” she said, prompting laughter from the audience. “We’ve learned how to do that while we’ve been here.”

In conclusion, TU Trustee Dr. Frank Murphy presented Susan Marion with a plaque that states: “The Susan Marion Student Success Center • In Honor of Tiffin University’s First Lady 2002-2015 • She inspired excellence in students and motivated them to achieve their highest potential.” The plaque will hang in the lower level of the Murphy Academic Support Center.

The University also paid homage to the couple’s tireless commitment to the arts when Trustee Mike Klepper presented both Paul and Susan with a plaque titled “The Marion Center,” which will hang inside TU’s newest multipurpose facility at the corner of Wall and Miami Streets. Trustee William Reineke, Sr., then presented Paul Marion with an oil painting — his presidential portrait — that will hang on the wall of the Heritage Room inside the Cole Dining Hall alongside all former presidents of Tiffin University.

In addition to the accolades from the university, President Marion was presented with the Seneca Industrial Economic Development Corporation’s President’s Award during its annual meeting on April 28.

President Marion was recognized by SIEDC for his efforts to facilitate economic, community and downtown development projects, as well as for his work on initiatives to improve the business climate and quality of life in Seneca County.