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Published 10/22/2003
Owens to Strengthen Leadership With New Findlay-area Campus Dean

Owens Community College continues forward with its nationwide search for a new Findlay-area Campus Executive Dean by appointing a ten-member committee to oversee the selection process. The search committee consists of representatives from the Findlay-area Campus and community.

"Owens Community College has brought together a very diverse group of committee members dedicated to the future of higher education within the Findlay area," said Dr. Bill Ivoska, Owens Vice President of Student Services and Search Committee Chair. "Each individual brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to ensure the ideal candidate is chosen for the position."

Ivoska added, "Thus far, Owens has received over 50 applications from 20 states, including Florida, California and Texas. The search committee intends to convene in the coming weeks to review and discuss the candidates."

Individuals comprising the search committee are Eric Duling, Professor, Industrial and Engineering Technologies; Bob Connour, Assistant Professor, Arts and Sciences; Chris Ward, Adjunct Faculty Member; Glenn Rettig, Chair, Industrial and Engineering Technologies; Verne Walker, Coordinator, Advising Center; Jane Doty, Secretary, Advising Center; Tom Metz, Journeyman Maintenance, Findlay Supervisor; Janice Warner, Security Officer, and Vice President Ivoska. The community representative is Russ Rogerson, Executive Vice President for the Findlay-Hancock County Community Development Foundation.

"For more than 20 years, Owens Community College has been a leader in providing Findlay area residents with access to quality higher education," said Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College. "The College's overall leadership will be strengthened by the hiring of Owens' new Executive Dean. This individual will have autonomy in making decisions, benefiting both the surrounding communities and Findlay-area Campus. I expect a candidate to be chosen by the end of Fall Semester."

As administrative leader for the Findlay-area Campus, the Executive Dean will oversee and supervise all facets of the College's daily operations. The position entails collaborating with the College's other academic deans and Findlay-area Campus chairs to enhance educational opportunities and resources for current and future students.

Additional responsibilities will include assisting the Provost in the development of strategic operational and academic planning for the Findlay-area Campus and providing governmental relations support for local, state and federal initiatives affecting the College. The individual will foster partnerships between Owens and business, governmental and educational leaders within the surrounding communities and help support workforce development efforts within the Findlay area.

The Owens Findlay-area Campus continues to serve as the number one choice in higher education with 2,623 students attending classes for the fall term. The record-setting fall enrollment is a 6.37 percent increase over the previous year.

Owens Community College recently celebrated 20 years of providing higher education to Northwest Ohio residents by breaking ground for a new Findlay-area Campus.

Scheduled for completion by Fall Semester 2005, the new state-of-the-art educational facility will feature 33 advanced technology classrooms, 28 technical laboratories and computer laboratories, as well as student services areas. Among the new student service areas will include a Bursar's Office, Records Office, Financial Aid Office and Enrollment Services Office.

Phase I of the Owens Findlay-area Campus initial project, which will cost approximately $17.7 million, will be to install the infrastructure and to construct a 100,000 square foot Education Center and a stand-alone $250,600 grant funded Child Care Center of 2,400 square feet. The infrastructure will include utilities, parking lots and roadways.

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.


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