The Daily Express

Owens Community College Names Provost

Dr. Paul V. Unger

Committed to enhancing its academic mission of providing high quality education, Owens Community College has named Dr. Paul V. Unger, Vice President of Academic Services, to serve as Provost for the College. The recommendation of the new Provost position was approved during today's Owens Community College Board of Trustees meeting.

"As the fastest growing higher educational institution in Ohio, Owens Community College established the new Provost position to heighten the College's focus of meeting the educational needs of our students," said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College. "The College's overall leadership is strengthened with having a Provost serving this College. With Dr. Unger's knowledge and experience in higher education, he will excel in this position."

According to President Adams, Dr. Unger also will be working closely with Provosts from other colleges and universities to continue the development of transfer agreements, as well as enhancing and expanding the College's technical and transfer programs.

Since joining the College's administration in 1992, Dr. Unger has assisted in introducing numerous programs at Owens, which includes E-Business Technology, John Deere Agricultural Technician Option and the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. He also developed the College's Arts and Sciences Division, consisting of 17 Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree concentrations.

In addition, Dr. Unger was instrumental in the College's transition from a technical college to a state community college in 1994. While serving as the Interim President of Owens Community College in 2001, the Ohio Board of Regents approved the permanent charter, signifying the College's final step of becoming a comprehensive community college. He also established 18 articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities, allowing Owens' students to transfer and earn the final two years of a bachelor's degree.

Under his leadership, Dr. Unger was key in the establishment of weekend college. Of the nearly 18,500 students enrolled for the Fall Semester, 3,203 students are attending weekend classes - up from 2,183 last fall (47 percent increase).

Dr. Unger also was involved in the development of distance learning curriculum, allowing students the opportunity to take classes from home. Since introducing webcourses during Summer Semester 1997, nearly 800 students are now enrolled in online courses, while approximately 1,142 students are taking telecourses. He also is responsible for introducing two-way interactive video conferencing and the dispersion of technology to enhance the instructional divisions.

Prior to joining the College, Dr. Unger served as chair and dean at James A. Rhodes State College for six years and was a policy and research analyst for the National Center for Research in Vocational Education at Ohio State University from 1983-86.

Dr. Unger holds a doctoral degree in education administration from Ohio State University. A Sylvania resident, he earned his master's degree in business from Central Michigan University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Wright State University.

His professional involvement includes membership in the Perrysburg Rotary, past president of the Ohio Chief Academic Officers and chair of the OhioLINK Governing Board. He also is a Board of Trustees member for the Toledo Private Industry Collaborative, Secondary and Higher Education Remediation Commission and an accreditor with the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

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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