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Owens Community College Names New Vice President of Student Services
Owens Community College has named Dr. Bill Ivoska to the position of Vice President of Student Services. His responsibilities will include overseeing and supervising staff and activities within the Department of Athletics, Academic Enhancement and Counseling, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Records, International Students, Disability Services, Student Appeals and Discipline and Student Services on the Findlay-area Campus.
The recommendation for Dr. Ivoska to serve as the College's new Vice President of Student Services was approved during a recent Owens Community College Board of Trustees meeting.
"Dr. Ivoska brings a professionalism to the Student Services Division which will enhance our first-class educational services, ensuring each student the opportunity to achieve success," said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College. "As a natural leader, he knows how to manage resources and design programs that aid students in pursuit of their career aspirations."
President Adams added, "The overall leadership of the College will be strengthened with Dr. Ivoska as the new Vice President of Student Services."
Dr. Ivoska joined the College's faculty ranks in 1976 as an Associate Professor in Behavioral Sciences. He later served as Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions and the Executive Director of Student Development. Serving as the Director of Admissions from 1996-2002, Dr. Ivoska was instrumental in Owens increasing its recording-breaking enrollment. Currently, the College serves over 38,000 credit and non-credit students annually.
Under his leadership as the Interim Vice President of Student Services this past year, he was responsible for the implementation of new departments, as well as creating collaborative opportunities to heighten the services within the registration process for new and returning students.
Active in the community, Dr. Ivoska is a board member with the Lucas County Chance for Change Foundation and is involved with the Toledo Road Runners organization. His professional involvement includes membership with the Ohio Council of Student Development, the American Association of Counseling and Development and the American Student Personnel Association. He also serves on several committees associated with the Ohio Board of Regents.
An advocate for promoting drug awareness and substance abuse, Dr. Ivoska has served as a researcher for the Toledo/Lucas Alcohol and Drug Addictions Services Board (ADAS) since 1990, and was responsible for developing a countywide survey to measure adolescent substance use. A frequent presenter at the local, state and national level, Dr. Ivoska continues to be a leader in reducing adolescent alcohol consumption.
Among his accomplishments include authoring or co-authoring several scholarly and professional journal articles and frequently presenting at national and state conferences and workshops.
Dr. Ivoska holds a doctoral degree in counseling and research methods from the University of Toledo. A licensed professional counselor, he earned his master's degree in social psychology and a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Ivoska resides in Perrysburg with his wife, Judy.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 25 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. 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. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 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.