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Owens Recognizes Employee For Exemplary Service
Owens Community College Grounds Foreman Wayne Strayer has been chosen to receive the inaugural Presidential Citation Award for outstanding dedication and service to higher education.
The Presidential Citation Award was established to honor an Owens employee who has worked tirelessly to create a positive campus environment for the College’s administration, faculty, staff and students. Given annually, the new award will recognize individuals for their hard work, dedication and leadership, impacting Owens’ educational future and mission. Recipients will be selected by Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College.
“Wayne Strayer represents the best of Owens Community College,” said President Adams. “He has been an exemplary employee, dedicated to his work and the creation of a positive environment conducive to learning. I am proud to honor Wayne as the award’s first-ever recipient.”
Strayer joined Owens’ staff in 1995. While at the College, he has played a significant role in various aesthetic and programmatic initiatives, resulting in a campus environment of unprecedented beauty. Strayer and his staff were instrumental in the creation and implementation of a landscape master plan, which was highlighted by tree planting and the placement of more than 100 flowerbeds on the Toledo-area Campus.
In addition, Strayer’s staff is responsible for devising a new theme-focused landscaping plan each year for the College. Using a multitude of color, last year’s plan featured several gardens around Administration Hall. The focal point was a red, white and blue flower design depicting the Ohio flag for the state’s Bicentennial celebration.
His accomplishments also include installing two greenhouses and developing the highly regarded Athletic Complex on the College’s Toledo-area Campus. Owens’ Athletic Complex is recognized by many visiting opponents as the finest facility within the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).
An advocate for continuing education, Strayer teaches master gardening classes at the Toledo Botanical Gardens. His professional and community involvement includes membership in the Black Swamp Hosta Society, the Great Lakes Sports Turf Managers Association and Owens’ Environmental Club and the Landscape/Turfgrass Management Advisory Committee.
Residing in Whitehouse, Strayer earned his associate’s degree in landscape and nursery from The Ohio State University.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in 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 Northwest Ohio 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.