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Published 9/16/2003
Owens Strengthens Government Relations with New Position

Chris Baldwin Owens Community College is investing in the future of higher education by creating a new Government Relations position. The primary responsibility of the new position will be to strengthen relationships between Owens and the federal and state legislature.

As a representative for the College, the Special Assistant to the President for Government Relations will work with governmental officials and monitor legislative initiatives impacting Owens Community College both in Columbus and Washington, D.C. The position also entails serving on federal and state committees and attending meetings, receptions and other relevant forums that educate legislative officials about the College's overall mission.

Additional responsibilities will include researching legislative issues for the College's economic and political initiatives at the federal, state and local levels. He also will foster partnerships between Owens and government leaders and act as a liaison in advocating legislative and economic issues relating to the College.

Chris Baldwin, former vice president of public affairs for Strategic Public Partners in Columbus, was selected to lead Owens' government relations efforts.

"The creation of a Government Relations position will enable Owens to work more closely with our legislative officials and allows the College to enhance the awareness of issues affecting higher education," said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College. "Chris brings to this new position a unique perspective on government relations, which is reflected in his extensive background within the political landscape at both the state and federal levels."

Since April 2002, Baldwin has served as the vice president of public affairs for Strategic Public Partners. While at Strategic Public Partners, Baldwin was responsible for developing strategies and tactics to assist non-profit organizations, businesses and state agencies in impacting the legislative process and public policy through grassroots organizing. He also oversaw the implementation of strategic plans, which included polling and coalition building.

Prior to Strategic Public Partners, Baldwin spent nearly three years with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation as the director of political education. His primary responsibilities included engaging members of the Farm Bureau, in a bi-partisan fashion, to become more active in the political process. Baldwin 's initiatives included organizing training and informational seminars for Farm Bureau leadership and its members, as well as lobbying the Ohio legislature on education, utilities, insurance, land use and workers compensation.

Active in the community, he currently serves as a board member for the Kids Voting Ohio. The overall mission of the organization is to educate students about the importance of voting and civic involvement through integrated curriculum and mock elections at actual polling locations on Election Day. He also has volunteered his time with the Columbus Chapter of the Habitat for Humanity and the LPGA Wendy's Championship for Children golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

Baldwin has served on campaign committees for several elected officials, including former Ohio Governor George Voinovich.

He earned his master's degree in international studies from Ohio University and a bachelor's degree in political science and history from Baldwin-Wallace College. Baldwin resides in Toledo with his wife, Rachael.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 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.


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