The Daily Express

Trustees Approve Record Number of Grads, Raise Pay of Staff

  The Owens Community College Board of Trustees met Tuesday at the College's Toledo-area Campus approving the largest Fall graduating class in the College's 33-year history. The 407 graduates will receive their degrees during the College's Fall Commencement on Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m.

  Of the 407 graduates, 115 are graduating with honors and 12 of those have earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Fifty-two of the graduates are from the Findlay Campus - also a record number for Fall Commencement. This brings the total number of Owens Community College alumni to 17,053.

  The Board also approved salary increases for the College's more than 300 employees. The annual increase, which begins January 1, affects support, professional and administrative employees at the College's Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, as well as the President. The staff will be eligible to receive up to a 4.5 percent increase. For those who meet all standards of their job performance and receive the full 4.5 percent increase, the Board also approved merit pay of up to 1.5 percent based on the recommendation of an employee's supervisor. Merit pay is provided as a lump-sum payment to the employee before the College's holiday break. President Daniel H. Brown received a 4 percent salary increase.

  "The Board of Trustees is very pleased to be able to reward the College's dedicated employees with salary increases," said R J Molter, Board Chair. "The College has seen tremendous growth since becoming a comprehensive community college four years ago due to the hard work and tireless efforts of the staff, faculty and administration. The Trustees feel it is very important to recognize those efforts."

  In other business, Trustees adopted a resolution authorizing President Brown to explore the feasibility of constructing a new training facility at the College in conjunction with the Northwest Ohio Construction Education Center.

  Trustees approved more than 800 professionals from business and industry throughout Northwest Ohio to the College's Program Advisory Committees. "These individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the College's academic programs providing important feedback that assists us in keeping our programs of the highest quality possible," President Brown said. "We are grateful that so many people from the Findlay and Toledo areas are eager to assist Owens in meeting its mission of providing a quality college education."

  Five new faculty also were hired by Trustees - four for the Toledo-area Campus and one for the Findlay Campus. The new Findlay Campus faculty member will instruct in the Developmental Math Department. The new Toledo-area Campus faculty include an instructor in the Math Department and three in the Communications/Humanities Department.

  Dr. Paul Unger, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Bill Deffenbaugh, Executive Director of Economic and Workforce Development, updated Trustees on the status of the College's Findlay Campus programs and services. Dr. Unger reported that a Welding lab with 12 stations has been added to the Findlay Campus and the recent Program Advisory Committee meetings were very beneficial, bringing a positive response from many in attendance. In addition, Dr. Unger told Trustees that academic program needs assessment surveys have been distributed to area business and industry. Results of the survey should be available by the end of February.

  Deffenbaugh told Trustees that the College's new Findlay Campus Center for Development and Training Open House on December 11 was well attended. "There is a lot of interest from local business and industry and we are currently planning the courses and training that will meet their specific needs," he explained.

  The next regular meeting of the Owens Community College Board of Trustees will be February 16, 1999 at 12:45 p.m. in the Board Room, Administration Hall, Toledo-area Campus.



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