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Owens Community College Administrator Elected President for Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges

Owens Community College Assistant Chair of Math, Life and Natural Sciences, Dr. Jim Perry, has been chosen by the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges (OATYC) to serve as president, representing Ohio's two-year campuses during the 2003-2004 academic year.

The OATYC was founded in 1968 to promote student learning through higher education at state-assisted, two-year campuses within Ohio. The organization 's membership consists of full-time and part-time faculty, administrators and staff of higher educational institutions offering two-year college curricula, which leads to an associate degree as approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.

"To be selected as the new OATYC president is a wonderful honor and great opportunity to collaborate with members from other two-year campuses, furthering our mission of providing lifelong learning opportunities to Ohio communities," Perry said.

Perry was elected president during the annual OATYC conference held at Lorain County Community College. He will assume the position of President following the conclusion of the organization's conference in October 2003.

His responsibilities will include presiding over all general and Board of Directors meetings, as well as assisting in the publication of the organization's Journal of the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges and biannual newsletter. Perry also will be collaborating with the chief administrative officers and cultivating new membership among Ohio's two-year campuses.

Perry, who joined the College's faculty in August 1996, has served as Owens Assistant Chair of Math and Life/Natural Sciences for the past two years. Among his responsibilities are assisting the chair in overseeing associate degree and certificate programs in biology, chemistry, astronomy, geology, climate and weather, math and physics, agribusiness, golf course management and land turf management.

He currently serves on a number of committees and organizations at Owens, including Planning Council, North Central Association Focus Group and the Chair Load Task Force. His community and professional involvement includes serving as a presiding judge with the Wood County Board of Elections and conference chair for OATYC.

Perry earned his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Toledo. A resident of Perrysburg, he holds master's and bachelor's degrees in educational administration and accounting from Indiana State University.

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 11/14/02)

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