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Ohio Governor Appoints Owens Community College
Board of Trustees Members
Ohio Governor Bob Taft has appointed Diana H. (Dee) Talmage, a retired educator and known community leader from Toledo, to the Owens Community College Board of Trustees. Talmage, who was appointed to a six-year term, fills a vacancy on the College’s Board of Trustees left by Patricia A. Wise of Perrysburg, who served for six years, including two years as chairman of the board.
"We are extremely honored that an individual with Dee’s knowledge and experience in education, as well as service to the community is joining the Owens Community College Board of Trustees," said Jack Sculfort, Owens Board of Trustees Chairman.
An advocate in promoting the importance of education, Talmage served as a fifth grade teacher for the Toledo Public Schools and Garden City Public City Schools in Garden City, Michigan. She also was chairman of the Supplemental Studies Program for Hawkins Elementary School in Toledo.
In addition, Talmage has held several leadership positions at the K-12 and higher education levels. For two terms lasting eight years, she was a member of the school board for the Ottawa Hills Local School District. During these terms, she received the Academy of Boardsmanship and Award of Achievement from the Ohio School Board Association for her exemplary efforts and community service.
"Dee Talmage brings to Owens Community College a dedication to the educational setting, which is reflective in her extraordinary service to the community," said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College. "Her overall leadership and experience in higher education will significantly impact this College’s ability to further support the educational needs of our students and area residents throughout Northwest Ohio."
Talmage’s educational involvement also includes a long-standing commitment to the University of Toledo. Since 1994, she has served on the University of Toledo’s Foundation Board of Trustees and is currently the Foundation chairman of the Scholarship Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Talmage also was a nine-year member of the University of Toledo’s Alumni Association Board of Trustees, serving as president for two years.
Currently, she is president of the Affiliate Steering Committee within the College of Education and a member of the President’s Club, Heritage Club and Rocket Club. Talmage’s honors include receiving the Outstanding alumni/Blue T Award and the College of Education’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.
"I am extremely honored and thrilled to represent Owens Community College as a member of the Board of Trustees," Talmage said. "It is clear that Owens provides an outstanding educational opportunity for its students and exciting setting for its faculty and staff."
Talmage added, "Having served as an elementary school teacher, an Ottawa Hills Local school board member and through my association with the University of Toledo, I am deeply committed to promoting the importance education and will help Owens Community College in its efforts to provide students with lifelong learning opportunities."
Active in the community, Talmage has volunteered her time endlessly serving on numerous Toledo-area organizations for over 25 years. Her community involvement includes board-level membership with the Toledo Zoological Society, Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County Alliance, The Toledo Hospital Auxiliary, Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio and YWCA of Lucas County.
She is also a member of the St. Vincent Center Medical Guild, American Association of University Women, the Reserve Officers’ Association League and Toledo Museum of Art.
Her honors include selection by the St. Vincent Medical Center Guild as the Outstanding Woman of Toledo in 1977 and 1994, as well as induction into the DeVilbiss High School Hall of Fame. In 2002, she was among women honored by the YWCA for her volunteerism as part of a "Tribute to Women".
Talmage earned her master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Toledo and a bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University. She currently resides in Lucas County with her husband, Lance A. Talmage, M.D.
In addition, Governor Taft reappointed Jack Sculfort of Perrysburg and Carl Patterson of Findlay to six-year terms as members of the Owens Community College Board of Trustees.
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.