The Daily Express

Owens Presidential Search Committee Narrows List of Candidates

The presidential search committee at Owens Community College has narrowed the list of candidates to eight semifinalists who could replace the retiring President Daniel H. Brown.

President Brown will retire May 31 after serving Owens for 35 years, including 17 years as president.

"The search committee is very impressed with the applicants and we are looking forward to meeting the candidates," said Owens Board of Trustee Member John Moore, who is the chair of the search committee. "This is an exciting time for the College as we look for a new leader to continue the success Owens has enjoyed in serving the community."

The eight semifinalist candidates are:

  • Dr. Christa Adams, president of St. Clair County Community College, Port Huron, Michigan.
  • Dr. Jack Becherer, vice president of student development and external relations and executive assistant to the president at Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Illinois.
  • Dr. Glenn DuBois, commissioner and chief executive officer of the New Hampshire Community Technical College System in Concord, New Hampshire.
  • Dr. Gregory W. Gray, campus executive officer at Pennsylvania State University-Fayette in Uniontown.
  • Dr. Lawrence E. Grulick, vice president of instruction and education services at Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania.
  • Dr. William J. Hierstein, consultant for community college affairs at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
  • Dr. Karen Pettit, president of Lenoir Community College, Kinston, North Carolina.
  • Dr. Vicky R. Smith, vice president for academic services at Monroe Community College, Rochester, New York.

Dr. Paul Brown, dean of the Owens Findlay Campus, and Dr. Frank Babcock, former Owens executive director of student development, were among the original 39 applicants, but were not selected to advance.

Robin Brown, staff accountant and a search committee member, said the committee has a substantial task ahead. "We have an excellent pool of eight people to consider," she said. "We plan to select the best qualified candidate to serve the College."

The eight semifinalists will be interviewed by the search committee April 26-27. The Association of Community College Trustees is assisting with the search and will conduct reference checks.

Bobbie Burks, associate professor of radiologic technologies, who also is a search committee member, said she believes the search process is "progressing along beautifully."

"There's been lots of teamwork - with input from faculty, staff, administrators and the board," she said.

Ms. Burks said she was impressed with the list of candidates. "There's quite a bit of expertise on those resumes, and the majority have community college experience."

Also serving on the search committee is Jennifer Rodriguez, a registered nursing student from Rossford, who said she is honored to be part of this history-making process.

"I think everyone on the committee recognizes what a monumental event this is," she explained. "I am very proud to be able to represent the students. It makes me feel good that my opinion is so well-respected by the other committee members."

After the eight semifinalists are interviewed, Mr. Moore said the search committee will narrow the list to five candidates for the College's Board of Trustees to review.



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