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Published 1/14/2004
Owens Administrator Named to National Leadership Program

Debra Rathke Owens Community College Director of Institutional Research, Planning and Grants, Debra Rathke, has been chosen among college and university officials nationwide to participate in the National Institute for Leadership Development (LEADERS) program involving administrators and faculty in higher education.

Established in 1981, the LEADERS program is recognized internationally by colleges, universities and businesses for its visionary approach toward higher education. The program’s overall mission is to produce leaders who effectively challenge assumptions, eliminate barriers and create new pathways to successful solutions.

“Being chosen to represent Owens Community College as a LEADERS program participant is an honor,” Rathke said. “I see my involvement as a unique opportunity to collaborate with other academic administrators and faculty on initiatives, which will enhance learning opportunities in higher education.”

Individuals participating in the yearlong program will learn about a variety of institutional practices involving supervisory and human relations skills, planning and budgeting and organizational transformation, which relate to decision-making roles at their academic institutions. In addition, members will discuss with national experts issues confronting higher education during the next decade.

Selection criterion for the honor is based upon professional abilities, interests in advancement within higher education and the quality of a proposed project.

Rathke’s project will involve creating a comprehensive fact book about the College. This publication will mark the first of its kind at Owens and contain information related to the organization, academic programs, students, employees and resources.

Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College, has been selected to serve as Rathke’s mentor during the program, assisting her with initiatives to aid the College and foster individual professional growth.

Rathke joined Owens in August 2002. In her current position she is responsible for providing leadership, direction and focus for all institutional research, planning and grant development/administration for the College.

Her professional involvement includes membership in the National Council for Research and Planning, the Ohio Association for Institutional Research, the Association for Institutional Research and the Society for College and University Planning. At Owens, Rathke serves as co-chair for the College Planning Council and is a member of the Outcomes Assessment and Student Retention committees. In addition, she is involved with the Administrative Council and Dean’s Council.

She earned master’s degrees in sociological research and health services administration, and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, all from the University of Toledo. Rathke resides in Sylvania.

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.


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