Corporate Director of Safety,
Health and Security
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
1975 Owens Graduate
"Owens, I couldn't have done it without you."
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Owens Community College Alumnus
Bob Clifford, Corporate Director of Safety, Health and Security at Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in Findlay, has fond memories of his time at Owens Community College - the Barracks, the Barn, the opening of College Hall, the students, and the remarkable staff and faculty members.
Bob, a Toledo native who graduated high school in 1962, enrolled in the United States Air Force immediately following high school. In wasn't until 1967, however, that he first learned of Owens when he attended the Ross Enright Police Academy housed at Penta County Technical Institute. This program, which eventually became part of the Owens law enforcement program, was the first regional police academy in the area.
In 1967, Bob began his career as a police officer at the Ottawa Hills and Maumee police departments. In 1972, he also formally began his education at Owens Community College, which was then known as Owens Technical College.
"Even though I had already become a police officer, I felt it was important to further my education and obtain a degree," Bob said. "I enrolled in the law enforcement program and enjoyed my time as an Owens student immensely. I made many new and lasting friendships and the talented instructors made it a pleasure to learn."
Bob headed for Seaway Foodtown in 1973 where he was hired as an investigator in the loss prevention department. In 1975, he graduated from Owens with an associate's degree in law enforcement and in 1978 he was hired by Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in Findlay as a safety and security engineer.
Continuing his tradition of excellence, he was promoted to his current position of corporate director of safety, health and security at Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in 1989. In his role, Bob's responsibilities include overseeing worldwide safety, health, security and workers compensation matters for the company.
Throughout the years, Bob has maintained close ties to the College. In the late 70's, he served on the advisory committee of the former security administration program and was also a part-time instructor. In addition, Bob recently accepted a director position on the Owens Community College Alumni Association's Board of Directors.
"I am honored and excited to now be a member of the Alumni Association's Board of Directors," Bob said. "Over the years, I have watched the phenomenal growth of Owens both here in Findlay and in Toledo, and I am very proud to have been a small part of it. I look forward to continuing to spread the Owens message."
Reflecting on his successful 38-year career in Northwest Ohio, he added, "Owens, I couldn't have done it without you."
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