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Owens Chair of Nursing and Surgical Technologies
Chosen to Participate in National Leadership Program

Dawn Wetmore, Chair of Nursing and Surgical Technologies at Owens Community College, has been chosen among college officials nationwide to participate in the National Institute for Leadership Development (LEADERS) program for administrators and faculty in higher education.

The year-long program is designed to enhance the participants' skills for major decision-making roles at their academic institutions. Program topics include institutional practice in supervisory and human relations skills, planning and budgeting and organizational transformation, as well as discussions with national experts on issues confronting higher education during the next decade.

Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College, will serve as Wetmore's mentor during the program, assisting her with initiatives to aid the College and foster professional growth.

Participants for this program are selected based upon their professional abilities, interests in advancement within higher education and the quality of their proposed projects.

The project Wetmore will address is the "Integration of the Human Simulator into the Associate Degree Nursing Program".

The National Institute for Leadership Development is recognized internationally by colleges, universities and businesses for its visionary programs which produce leaders who effectively challenge assumptions, eliminate barriers and create new pathways to successful solutions.

Wetmore has worked at Owens Community College for the past six years in the Nursing Program, serving initially as the Assistant Chair of Nursing and now as Chair of Nursing and Surgical Technologies. She received her diploma in nursing from the Providence School of Nursing in Mobile, Alabama. Wetmore holds bachelor and master of science degrees in nursing from Mary Manse College and the Medical College of Ohio, respectively.

Actively involved in the nursing profession, she serves as a board member of the Northwest Ohio Nurses Association (NONA) and is secretary for the Ohio Council of Associate Degree Nursing Educator Administrators (OCADNEA). Wetmore also has served as president of the Medical College of Ohio Nursing Alumni Association, Northwest Ohio Nurses Association and the Toledo area Oncology Nurses Society.

Her honors include receiving the Leadership Award from the Zeta Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society and serving a five-year gubernatorial appointment to the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Wetmore and her husband, Kenneth, live in Perrysburg and have two sons, David and William.

On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens Community College 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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