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Owens Community College Dean Appointed to National Office
Owens Community College Business, Public Service and Information Technologies Dean, Dr. Myrna DeAustria, has been chosen by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to serve on the organization's Board of Commissioners.
The ACBSP was founded in 1988 and is the premier accreditation of business programs at the associate degree through graduate levels. The organization consists of 430 member institutions, which represent colleges and universities throughout the United States. Owens holds the distinction of being one of only 261 higher educational institutions to receive the prestigious ACBSP accreditation status.
"To be selected by ACBSP to serve on their Board of Commissioners is a wonderful honor," DeAustria said. "This is an incredible opportunity to work with fellow members from other two- and four-year campuses, ensuring the highest standards in business education."
As a commissioner, DeAustria will be responsible for establishing and overseeing accreditation standards and approving institutions for accreditation status. She also will represent the views and interests of other community colleges and evaluate accreditation applications submitted by two- and four-year academic institutions.
DeAustria joined the College's administration in 1993, serving as the Dean of Business, Public Service and Information Technologies for the past ten years. She currently is responsible for overseeing more than 4,400 students and program areas in business, early childhood education, information technologies, criminal justice, fire science and emergency services. Prior to Owens, DeAustria was a faculty member at Southeast Missouri State University and Virginia Commonwealth University and held administrative positions at Virginia State University and John Tyler Community College.
Her professional involvement includes recently serving as president of the Great Lakes Council for ACBSP (Region 4), chair of the College's Planning Council and past president of the Ohio Association of Two-Year Administrators in Business.
She earned her doctoral degree in education from the University of Maryland. A resident of Perrysburg, DeAustria also holds a master's and bachelor's degree in business education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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, Fine and Performing Arts, 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.