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Acting Economic and Workforce Development Executive Director Assumes New Position as Vice President

Bringing a wealth of professional experience in higher education and the business community, Linda Stacy, Acting Executive Director for Economic and Workforce Development at Owens Community College, has been hired as the new Vice President of the Workforce and Community Services Division.

The new position replaces the Executive Director for the Workforce and Community Services Division position that was held by Bill Deffenbaugh until his retirement in June 2001. Stacy has served as the Acting Executive Director for the past eight months, while also serving as the Division Director for Workforce Development.

"Linda has served as an interim in the top leadership position for the Workforce and Community Services Division since Bill Deffenbaugh's retirement and has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership," said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College. "It is indeed a luxury that we did not have to look farther than our own backyard to find someone with Linda's knowledge, experience, drive, enthusiasm and credibility in the local community."

Stacy, of Sylvania, will be responsible for overseeing the Workforce and Community Services Division, which provides credit and non-credit training, workforce development, continuing education and adult education programs. She also will continue to work with area businesses and industries to determine training needs in diverse areas, such as workplace literacy, computer applications, manufacturing, supervision, truck driving and more.

Her accomplishments include recently being elected President of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), which is the leading organization dedicated to enhancing the field of adult learning. She also has served as the chair of AAACE's national conference in 1997 and 1999. She was selected as the "Northwest Ohio Administrator of the Year" in 1989 by the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education. She also served as president of the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education from 1991 to 1993.

Stacy has worked at Owens Community College since 1986 and earned her bachelor's, master's and education specialist degrees from the University of Toledo.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering 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.

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