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Owens Community College Selects New Director of Institutional Research


Debra Rathke Owens Community College named Debra Rathke as the new Director of Institutional Research, Planning and Grants. Her responsibilities include directing and coordinating developmental initiatives to enhance institutional research and grants at the College.

"We are very honored and excited that Debra is bringing her outstanding leadership, as well as experience in management and strategic planning to the College's administrative staff," said Dr. Paul Unger, Owens Vice President of Academic Services.

Since May 2001, Rathke has served as the subject matter specialist for the Financial Performance Improvement and Strategic Analysis Department of ProMedica Health System. While at ProMedica, Rathke assisted in establishing plans and methods to improve organizational performance, analyzed potential new business ventures for the organization and evaluated business productivity, efficiencies and operational effectiveness. From 1997 to 2001, Rathke also served as ProMedica's manager planning/marketing and senior marketing/planning specialist.

Prior to ProMedica, Rathke spent nearly 15 years in various positions with Flower Hospital/Crestview of Ohio. Her primary responsibilities included supporting and facilitating the organization's strategic planning process and expanding and implementing market research strategies and initiatives to enhance the hospital's image. She also led various internal task force teams during the merger of Flower Hospital/Crestview Ohio with ProMedica.

Her professional involvement included serving as president of the Toledo Chapter of the Planning Forum, Theta Psi Housing Corporation Board and Ohio Society for Planning and Marketing of the Ohio Hospital Association.

Rathke's honors include being recognized by Strathmore's Who's Who in 1999 and 2000 and receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Health Planning Association of Northwest Ohio in 1982. She also is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta international sociology and Pi Gamma Mu international social science honor societies.

She earned her bachelor's degree in biology and holds master's degrees in health services administration and sociological research, all from the University of Toledo. Rathke resides in Sylvania.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 37,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas 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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