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Owens Community College Names New Vice President of Human Resources

Posted on February 22nd, 2012

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College has named F. Jack Witt III as the new Vice President of Human Resources. His responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects related to the administrative leadership, coordination and development of initiatives within the academic institution’s Office of Human Resources.

In addition, his new position will entail providing leadership and oversight in labor and employee relations, employment, compensation, benefits, EEO/employee relations, training, progression and succession, quality/planning facilitation, and diversity and inclusion, among other areas.

“Owens Community College is proud to welcome Jack Witt as new Vice President of Human Resources,” said John Satkowski, Interim President of Owens Community College. “Jack brings a visionary approach and extensive knowledge and experience in labor relations, employment law and human resources to the College, gained from his prior positions in higher education, government and at several major corporations. We look forward to his leadership in advancing the level of excellence within the academic institution’s area of human resources.”

Since 2009, Witt has served as the Vice President of Human Resources at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich. In his position, he served as a senior level executive responsible for the overall leadership of human resources and labor relations for the multi-campus educational organization with over 2,200 faculty and staff employees. His responsibilities also included the review and implementation of policies and procedures concerning recruitment, selection and placement, training and development, organization re-design, and talent/succession practices. Additionally, Witt oversaw the design and administration of job analysis/classification, compensation, human resource information and benefits programs, including health and welfare, and retirement/savings plans.

Under his leadership at Macomb, Witt oversaw the negotiation and drafting of collective bargaining agreements covering nine bargaining units and 2,000 employees, as well as the coordination of labor contract administration, including arbitrations and grievance management.

Previously, Witt held the position of Director of Human Resources for Genesee County from 2005-09 where he provided leadership and oversight of human resource and labor law functions for the government and public service operations of the Michigan county, involving over 2,500 employees. Witt also spent over 25 years working in labor relations, employment law and human resources at several major corporations, including A&P Co., Kmart Corp., Macy’s Inc. and Ford Motor Co. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Wayne State University School of Business Administration.

The Troy, Mich. resident earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tulane University and a master’s degree in political science and public administration from Kent State University. Witt also holds a juris doctorate and a master of business administration from Case Western Reserve University. He is admitted to the Ohio Bar, holds a certificate in benefits and compensation management from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans, and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources by the International Public Management Association for Human Resources.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit