top of page

Libby Hostetler

632A7453 copy.jpg

Vice President
Libby Hostetler

How many years have you served on the board?

Since 2002 - 21 years

Family members:
Spouse David, retired from Crime Victim Services of Allen and Putnam Counties
Son Luke, wife Cindy, and 4 grandchildren, Goshen, Indiana

Daughter Eva, Harrisonburg, Va.


Current or Previous Career(s):

1968 B.S. in Elementary Education, Bluffton College/University
1973 M.Ed. in Elementary Administration and Supervision, Wright State University
1981 Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Minor in Education Administration), The
University of Toledo, Dissertation: Jean Fritz: A Critical Biography

1967 Summer Mennonite Voluntary Service, caretaker for children with developmental
disabilities at a residential school in Reading PA
1968-1970 Mennonite Voluntary Service K-6 Teacher, Hwalien Christian School, Meilun,
Hwalien, Taiwan, ROC
1970-1974 Bath Elementary School, Lima OH, 2 nd and 5 th grade Teacher
1974-1998 Bluffton College/University, Bluffton OH, Director of Teacher Education Graduate/
Undergraduate Studies; Professor specializing in Reading/Language Arts and
Children’s/Adolescent Literature; retired 1999
1987-1999 Founder and Director of The Lion and the Lamb Peace Arts Center at Bluffton
College/University (Celebrated its 35 th year in 2022), serving churches, schools, community
groups and college students, with a focus on peace and justice locally, nationally and
internationally through the arts and literature for children; retired 1999
1999-2001 Lima City Schools, Lima OH, Elementary Principal
2002-2007 Bluffton Exempted Village Schools, Bluffton OH, Elementary Principal; retired 2007


How long have you been part of the Bluffton Community?
Since arriving at Bluffton College in September 1975 – 47 years


Hobbies and or interests:
Creating photo albums, flower gardening, cooking, and listening to music.


Why did you decide to be on the BCDC board?
In my previous work, I experienced both leading a non-profit organization, and working with a board of directors, so I felt I would be able to be supportive of the program. I have a deep appreciation for the Bluffton Community and all it has to offer, as well as those who work tirelessly and in a variety of capacities, to make it a remarkable village. I want to continue to be part of the efforts to advance Bluffton. In addition, my children used the Bluffton Child Development Center and I felt immense gratitude for the staff who loved and cared for them.


Favorite Children’s book:
Tom and Jerry’s Merry Christmas
Pippi Longstocking

bottom of page