The Owens Community College Board of Trustees today accepted the resignation of President
Daniel H. Brown, who plans to retire on May 31, 2001.
Board Chair Wendell Fryer accepted the resignation with regret on behalf of the Board of Trustees. "President Brown has been a driving force in the growth of Owens Community College. His vision and foresight have been a major factor in the College continuing to reach out to the various constituencies and businesses in the College service area," Mr. Fryer said.
President Brown began his employment with Owens Community College in 1966 as a Counselor. When the Owens expanded its operation to Lima, Ohio, in 1968, Mr. Brown went to Lima as Chair of the Lima Branch of Owens Technical College. The Lima Branch of Owens became Lima Technical College in 1971 when it went under local control.
Mr. Brown returned to the Owens Main Campus in 1969, becoming the first Dean of the college. After a few years, he became Assistant to the President and then Executive Dean for Health Technologies. He subsequently became Vice President for Student Resources and then Executive Vice President, prior to becoming President of the Owens Technical College in 1984. Under his leadership, the Owens Technical College underwent the conversion from a technical college to a state community college in 1994.
In 1984, when Mr. Brown became President, enrollment at the College was 4,530 students. Under President Brown's leadership, enrollment grew nearly 370 percent to 16,688 students in Fall 1999. Continued growth in the enrollment is expected in this fall.
During his tenure as President, Mr. Brown shepherded the construction of a number of buildings on both the Findlay and Toledo-area campuses. More recently building construction has been concentrated in the Galleria Complex, which includes a new Library, Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Math/Science Center and Student Health and Activities Center. The final building in this complex - a Fine & Performing Arts Center - will begin construction later this year.
President Brown has a strong commitment to workforce training and retraining. During his tenure as President, the College opened two Centers for Development and Training. One Center is located in Northwood and the second is in Findlay. These Centers are known for offering customized training at an affordable cost. The majority of businesses using this program are small to mid-size companies with limited training budgets.
Owens, under President Brown's guidance, has consistently held the line on tuition increases. In fact, with the support of the state legislature, Owens lowered its tuition five percent for the 2000-01 academic year.
President Brown is in his 17TH year as President of Owens. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling. In 1993, Bowling Green State University awarded President Brown an Honorary Doctor of Educational Administration.
President Brown stated that he has had a very rewarding career. "I have had the opportunity to nurture the growth of this institution. There are still many exciting things on the horizon for Owens Community College. But, if I wait until everything is accomplished, I would never leave. This is a very aggressive, innovative and imaginative institution. The future is very bright."
The Board of Trustees will be undertaking a national search for a president.
"Owens Community College is a leader in the two-year college movement," Mr. Fryer said. "This institution deserves a President who will continue the growth and development that began under President Brown's leadership."
The Board is planning to interview executive search firms to assist with the management of the search.
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