CARLINVILLE — The fourth Democratic Presidential Debate on Tuesday evening had a connection to Blackburn College.
The debate was staged in Westerville, Ohio at Otterbein University, where Dr. John Comerford is in his second year as President. He went to Otterbein after serving in the same position at Blackburn from 2013-18.
Comerford oversaw a comprehensive remodeling of campus facilities at Blackburn, while spearheading the Creating Opportunity campaign that brought in $26.5 million. He assumed his new position at Otterbein on July 1, 2018.
A school of 2,900 students that was founded in 1847, Otterbein is located just northwest of Columbus.
Tuesday marked one of several instances that a Presidential campaign debate had a tie to Blackburn. In both 2000 and 2012, the Vice-Presidential debate was held in Danville, Ky. at Centre College, where Gideon Blackburn served as President from 1827-30.
He later moved to central Illinois and founded Blackburn Theological Seminary, now Blackburn College, in 1837.