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Owens Community College Names Foundation Board of Directors

Committed to enhancing educational opportunities available to its students, Owens Community College has named 12 of Northwest Ohio's community leaders to serve as Board of Directors on the Owens State Community College Foundation Inc. The Board of Directors were appointed to their new positions during the initial meeting of the College's Foundation, bringing the total to 16 current members.

The new board members include: James W. Baehren of Sylvania, Charles L. Bills of Findlay, John H. McDermott of Whitehouse, Paul Meinerding of Toledo, Johnny M. Mickler Sr. of Toledo, Harold C. Miller of Holland, Jim Murray of Perrysburg, Thomas Pounds of Maumee, Edward J. Reiter of Bowling Green, Rasesh H. Shah of Holland, Arthur H. Smith of Maumee and Mary Ann Whipple of Toledo.

"Owens Community College has brought together an outstanding consortium of leaders from Northwest Ohio's business, industry and government communities who are each committed to the high quality education Owens provides," said Gary Dettling, Owens President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation. "The individual board members bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise to the Foundation, which will significantly impact the College's overall ability to further serve its students and the community."

Enabling the College to pursue additional learning opportunities for students, Owens Community College incorporated the former Owens State Community College Foundation on April 16. The initial three Board of Directors appointed to the Foundation were Owens President Christa Adams, Ph.D., of Perrysburg and Board of Trustee members Allan J. Libbe of Perrysburg and John Moore of Holland. Owens Vice President of College Advancement, Gary Dettling of Maumee, will serve as the Foundation's President and Chief Executive Officer.

The mission of the new Foundation and its Board of Directors will be to cultivate gift initiatives, targeting successful alumni, business and industry members who are committed to investing and supporting the educational needs of current and future Owens students. The Foundation's focus will allow Owens to continue offering affordable tuition, ensuring the College's academic position as the best investment in Northwest Ohio.

In addition, responsibilities of the Foundation Board of Directors will include representing Owens as ambassadors within the Northwest Ohio community. They will oversee the management of the Foundation's investments and decide how those assets will be distributed.

"Owens Community College has a long and proud tradition of making a difference in students' lives," said Paul Meinerding, Owens Chairman of the Foundation. "One of the Foundation's primary areas of focus will be to expand the College's presence within the Northwest Ohio community as we seek to help more students achieve excellence in all their educational endeavors."

According to Dettling, private contributions received will be used for various Foundation initiated activities, including scholarships, endowed positions and capital.

"The impact of the Northwest Ohio community supporting the College's academics, through private contributions, is an investment in the future growth of higher education at Owens Community College," Dettling said. "Our mission cannot be achieved without the commitment of business and industry stepping forward to help us meet our funding challenges."

Since January 2002, contributions received by the Foundation collectively total more than $125,000. Approximately $66,000 was awarded to 107 scholarship recipients during the 2002-2003 academic year.

Gary Dettling Gary Dettling (Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer) is the Vice President of College Advancement for Owens Community College. His responsibilities include overseeing the College's fundraising, marketing, public relations and web development initiatives. Prior to joining Owens in February 2002, he served as the Dean of College Advancement at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Michigan. He initiated an annual giving campaign, established teaching and learning endowments, and increased membership in the alumni association. Dettling is currently a member of the Toledo Club and Toledo Country Club. He earned his master's degree in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University. Dettling received two bachelor's degrees in education and history from the University of Montana.

Paul Meinerding Paul Meinerding (Foundation Chairman) is the senior vice president district team leader for KeyBank. He directs all sales and service activities within the 38 banking centers in Northwest Ohio. Meinerding joined KeyBank (formerly Society Bank) in 1984 serving as vice president district manager in Akron. His professional involvement includes serving on the executive board for Local Initiative Support Corporation. He also is a member of the North River Development Corporation. Meinerding received his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Akron.

Rasesh H. Shah Rasesh H. Shah (Foundation Vice Chairman) has served as president of The Andersons Rail Group since 1996. He joined The Andersons Rail Group in 1978. Shah previously was a design engineer for Sargent and Lundy Engineers in Chicago. His community involvement includes serving as a trustee for the St. Charles Mercy Health Foundation Board and Hindu Temple of Toledo Board. Shah also is a past president of the India Association of Toledo and past chairman for the Toledo Edison Consumer Advisory Panel. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, master's degree in industrial engineering and a MBA all from the University of Toledo.

James W. Baehren James W. Baehren (Foundation Secretary) is the vice president, director of finance and secretary of Owens-Illinois Inc. He joined the Owens-Illinois legal department in 1992 as assistant general counsel. He was elected secretary of the company by the Owens-Illinois Board of Directors in 1998 and named vice president and director of finance last year. Prior to joining Owens-Illinois, the Toledo native served as a partner with the Toledo law firm of Fuller & Henry Ltd. He received his law degree from the University of Toledo in 1978. Baehren also is a graduate of Ohio State University, where he earned his MBA and bachelor's degree in business administration.

John H. McDermott John H. McDermott (Foundation Treasurer) is an executive vice president with Fifth Third Bank. He previously served as a senior manager and was a CPA with Ernst and Young LLP. McDermott's community involvement includes serving as past president and treasurer for the Ronald McDonald House of Northwestern Ohio. He also is treasurer of the Toledo Country Club and Northwest Ohio Foodbank. McDermott earned his bachelor's degree in business and accounting from Bowling Green State University.

Christa Adams, Ph. D. President Christa Adams, Ph. D., became the fourth president in the 37-year history of Owens Community College in July 2001. Previously, President Adams served as president of St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Michigan, for five years. Under her leadership, St. Clair overturned a decade-long enrollment decline, created the University Center that offers baccalaureate and graduate degrees, expanded distance learning opportunities and launched numerous workforce development initiatives. Active in the state and Northwest Ohio community, President Adams is a member of the Promedica Health Systems Bay Park Community Hospital Board of Trustees, Northwest Ohio Regional Technology Alliance Board of Directors and the Salvation Army Board of Directors. Her community involvement also includes serving as the Northwest Ohio Deputy to the Governor's State of Ohio Regional Technology Action Board and board-level membership with the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, Toledo Cultural Arts Center and Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. President Adams earned her doctorate in community college administration/vocational education from Colorado State University. She holds master's and bachelor's degrees in English from the University of Northern Colorado.

Charles L. Bills Charles L. Bills has served as the president and chief executive officer for Findlay's Tall Timbers Distribution Center Inc. since 1988. During his tenure as president and chief executive officer, the Tall Timbers Distribution Center has become internationally renown for its global export and commerce. For nine years he was the Mid-West Region General Manager for American Parts Systems Inc. Bills attended Indiana University and received corporate training through the American Parts Systems' Advanced Management Program in 1986. His community involvement includes serving as past chairman for the Findlay/Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Ohio Logistics Group. Bills also is involved with the Community Development Foundation, Community Improvement Corporation and Foreign Trade Zone #151.

Allan J. Libbe Allan J. Libbe is one of three founders of Rudolph/Libbe Inc. in 1955. Now retired, he is a current Board of Trustee member for Owens Community College. Trustee Libbe was appointed September 1992. His professional and community involvement includes serving on several boards, including St. Luke 's Hospital, Maumee Valley Girl Scout Council and Maumee City Schools. Presently, Libbe is a board member for Rudolph/Libbe Companies. He earned two bachelor's degrees in secondary education and mathematics from Bowling Green State University.

Johnny M. Mickler Sr. Johnny M. Mickler Sr. has served as the president and chief executive officer for the Greater Toledo Urban League Inc. since 1997. He previously was the president and chief executive officer for the Urban League of Greater Madison Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin, for four years. Active in the community, Mickler Sr. is a member of several boards, including the Medical College of Ohio Foundation, Corporation for Effective Government and the Northwest Black Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is chair of the Toledo Public Schools Affirmative Action Committee and a member of the Ohio Council of Urban Leagues. Mickler Sr. is a graduate of Limestone College, receiving his bachelor's degree in business management. He also earned three associate degrees from Greenville Technical College in accounting, marketing and management. Mickler Sr. is currently pursuing his master's degree in human resource management at Clemson University.

Harold C. Miller Harold C. Miller serves as a vice president, planning and control for the Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, located in Findlay. Prior to joining the Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., he was the vice president and general manager with Eaton Corporation. His background also includes positions in finance and planning, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and audit services. A certified public accountant since 1975, Miller earned his MBA and bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Toledo and University of Cincinnati, respectively.

John Moore John Moore currently serves as a consultant and recently authored a book on surviving stress. Since April 2000, he has served as a Board of Trustee member for Owens Community College. Previously, Moore spent 30 years in banking, retiring as the corporate vice president for the former Toledo Trust Corporation. His background also includes serving as the vice president of University Development at Bowling Green State University. Moore 's professional and community involvement includes board-level membership for Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Boys and Girls Club of Toledo, Urban League of Northwest Ohio and the American Red Cross. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Toledo.

Jim Murray Jim Murray is the western region president of the FirstEnergy. His region serves customers for Toledo Edison and Ohio Edison, which includes providing service for more than one million people. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Murray is chairman of the ProMedica Bay Park Community Hospital Foundation Board and Downtown Toledo Inc., a leading non-profit economic development organization. His community involvement also includes serving on several boards, which are the American Red Cross Blood Services and Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank. Prior to joining Ohio Edison, Murray was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty Vietnam.

Thomas Pounds Thomas Pounds serves as the vice president and general manager of The Blade. Before joining The Blade, he served as the director of circulation for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, San Jose Mercury News and the Daily News in Los Angeles. Pounds received his bachelor's degree in communications from Ohio State University. He is a board member for the Ohio Newspaper Association, Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce and the Toledo Chapter of the American Red Cross. Pounds' community activities also include serving as a special projects and development committee member for the Toledo Zoo and cabinet member for the United Way 2002 Campaign.

Edward J. Reiter Edward J. Reiter is the senior chairman of Sky Financial Group Inc. in Bowling Green. Over the past 37 years, he has held several positions with Sky Financial Group (formerly Mid-Am Inc.). In 1965, he joined Mid-American National Bank and Trust Company as a teller. Twenty-three years later, Reiter was named chief executive officer, and in 1998 became senior chairman. A former Board of Trustee chairman for Owens Community College, he is currently the chairman of the Northwest Ohio Regional Technology Alliance and a board member for the Toledo Symphony and Stranahan Theater. He also is an advisor for the Jeep Museum and Schedel Gardens. Reiter is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin's Graduate of School of Banking and earned a bachelor's degree in business education from Bowling Green State University.

Arthur H. Smith Arthur H. Smith is the vice president, general counsel and secretary of Libbey Inc. Prior to joining Libbey Inc. in 1993, for 25 years he held various positions within the legal department of Owens-Illinois Inc. Smith's community activities include service as a trustee of the Philosopher's Information Center and an Alumni Council member for Colby College. In addition, he previously served as a board of education member for Maumee City Schools and Penta Career Center. Smith received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and is a graduate of Colby College, earning his bachelor's degree in history, government and economics.

Mary Ann Whipple Mary Ann Whipple serves as the U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division. She was appointed to the bench in May 2001 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Before becoming a bankruptcy judge, Whipple practiced law for 20 years as a commercial, bankruptcy and employment litigator with Fuller & Henry Ltd. Her community involvement includes serving as a board member for the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Toledo Area Chapter, American Red Cross. Whipple received her law degree from Stanford Law School and earned a bachelor's degree in Russian studies from the University of Michigan.

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 38,000 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.

(Posted 10/16/02)

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