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Dr. Steve Robinson


Steve Robinson, Ph.D.

Dr. Steve Robinson is the President of Owens Community College.

Before joining Owens, Robinson served as Executive Dean of Planning, Research and Quality Initiatives at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. In this role he was the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) for regional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). He was responsible for program review, assessment of student learning, organizational strategic planning, institutional research, and the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). Robinson also served as Interim Dean of Social Science and Interim Dean of Health Sciences during his time at Mott. Prior to becoming an administrator, Robinson spent fifteen years as an English professor in the Humanities Division at Mott Community College, and ten years as President of the faculty association.

In addition to his experience in community college positions, Robinson has served as a member of the graduate faculty in English at the University of Michigan-Flint. He also served as a chair and faculty advisor in the Doctorate in Community College Leadership (DCCL) program at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He is a graduate of the Management Development Program (MDP) at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education and the Chair Academy for Post Secondary Leadership.

Robinson earned a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. His research focus is developmental English and Basic Writing. He also holds a master of arts and bachelor of arts in English from Michigan State.

Dr. Denise Smith

Vice President, Academic Affairs/Provost

Denise Smith, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

Denise Smith is the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.  Dr. Smith provides senior leadership for all academic programs including the Schools of Business, Information and Public Services, Nursing and Health Professions, Liberal Arts, and STEM as well as Academic Support, the College’s Honors Program and Institutional Research.  Dr. Smith came to Owens Community College as a faculty member in Sociology in 2003.  Dr. Smith became Chair for Arts and Sciences on the Findlay area campus in 2007.  In 2008 she became chair of the Social and Behavioral Science department before joining Academic Affairs in 2012. Dr. Smith received a Ph.D. in Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands.  Her research focuses on educational leadership and student success.  She also holds a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences from Tiffin University and a Masters Degree in Sociology from the University Toledo.