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Owens Staff Member to Participate In National African American Leadership Program
Owens Community College Assistant Bursar, Andrew McQueen, has been chosen among community college officials nationwide to participate in the Leadership Development Institute for African American Midlevel Administrators Program. McQueen is one of 50 professionals in higher education named to the national program.
Sponsored by the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA), the Leadership Development Institute for African American Midlevel Administrators Program is an exclusive three-day conference dedicated to promoting and recognizing outstanding African American leaders who effectively challenge assumptions, eliminate barriers and create new pathways to successful solutions.
The conference will take an interactive approach in facilitating focused discussions on several community college issues. Among the topics are management and leadership styles, success strategies for upward mobility, interviewing techniques and simulation exercises in leadership.
"Andrew is an outstanding role model for Owens students," said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College, who, along with Chuck Mann, Owens Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, nominated McQueen for the leadership program. "His devotion to the community and higher education makes him very deserving of this prestigious honor."
The NCBAA was created in 1968 with the overall mission of improving diversity, educational opportunities and professional development for African American students, faculty, staff and administrators within higher education. Affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges, the NCBAA promotes the importance of lifelong learning and continued development for African Americans.
Selection criteria for the program is based upon each member's professional abilities, community involvement and interests toward the advancement of higher education.
McQueen joined Owens' staff as a Community College Presidential Fellow in 2000. He previously served as the Interim Academic Advisor for Student-Athletes, where he helped to establish Owens' successful student-athlete academic program. In 2002, McQueen was named the College's Assistant Bursar and is responsible for overseeing third party billing, accounts receivable, cashiers and collections.
An advocate for promoting the benefits of higher education, McQueen is currently establishing a program at his Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Toledo, which is dedicated to preparing youth for educational opportunities beyond high school. As part of the program, he illustrates the benefits of receiving a college education and explains how to effectively use financial aid. McQueen also provides academic advising to members of the church.
In addition, his professional and community involvement includes serving on Owens' Community Diversity Enhancement Team and the College Planning Council and membership in the Ohio Bursar's Association and the NCBAA. In the summer, he volunteers his time with a community youth baseball program.
"Being selected to represent Owens Community College in such an esteemed organization is an honor," McQueen said. "I see my involvement in the Leadership Development Initiative as a unique opportunity to work with fellow academic leaders and enhance educational opportunities for African Americans. It is a privilege to be involved with an organization that supports my principles and beliefs."
McQueen earned his master's degree in education supervision administration and a bachelor's degree in management information systems from the University of Toledo. A resident of Toledo, he currently is pursuing his doctoral degree in higher education administration also from the University of Toledo.
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.