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Published 3/18/2004
Owens Strengthens Leadership With New Findlay-area Campus Dean Selection

Judy Ennis With construction underway on Findlay's new 60-acre campus, Owens Community College announces the selection of a new Executive Dean. The recommendation for Judy Ennis to serve as the Findlay-area Campus' new Executive Dean will become official pending the Owens Community College Board of Trustees approval during their April 6 meeting.

In her new leadership role, effective June 1, she will oversee all facets of the College's daily operations and will work to enhance educational opportunities and resources for current and future students.

"Owens Community College is committed to providing a higher educational experience that changes lives and strengthens the surrounding communities," said Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College. "Judy Ennis is a visionary leader whose extensive background and experiences will heighten the College's ability to meet the academic needs of the Findlay area region."

In addition, her new position will entail 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. Additional responsibilities will include fostering partnerships between Owens and business, governmental and educational leaders within the surrounding communities and helping support workforce development efforts within the Findlay area.

"I am extremely pleased to join the Owens Community College family," Ennis said. "It is clear that Owens Community College provides an outstanding educational opportunity for its students. I look forward to being a part of this mission and commitment to academic excellence."

Since August 1995, Ennis has served as the Dean of Community and Corporate Outreach for Northwest State Community College. While at Northwest State, she was responsible for the development and execution of various academic programs to meet the needs of local business and industry training. Under her leadership, Northwest State's business and industry training division generated over $1 million in revenue this past year - an increase of more than 1,000 percent during her nine- year tenure.

In addition, she oversaw all publication development, marketing and internal communications for the community college. Ennis also organized and established the Northwest State Community College Alumni Organization, supervised the admissions department and served as the institution's governmental liaison with the local, state and federal legislature.

Prior to Northwest State, Ennis spent 12 years as Assistant to the President at Stautzenberger College in Toledo. Her primary responsibilities included organizing, controlling and monitoring project initiatives benefiting the college's four campuses. She was the external and internal liaison between the Stautzenberger College and accrediting bodies, veterans administrations and school directors.

Active in the community, she is the past President and current Secretary of the Bowling Green Zoning Board of Appeals and holds membership on the Henry County Business and Education Advisory Council, the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, and the Private Industry Collaborative Executive Board of Directors.

A resident of Bowling Green, Ennis earned her master's degree and bachelor's degree in political science and public administration from the University of Toledo.

In 2003, Owens Community College celebrated 20 years of providing higher education to Northwest Ohio residents by breaking ground for a new Findlay-area Campus.

Owens has outgrown the existing Findlay-area Campus, which opened with 201 students in 1983 and currently serves more than 5,500 credit and non-credit students annually. By 2007, the Findlay-area Campus enrollment is projected to grow by another 37 percent to more than 7,500 students.

The 119,407 gross square foot instructional center will provide expanded choices in educational opportunities, highlighted by a Library addition, 41 advanced technology classrooms, 28 technical 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 $18.9 million, is installing the infrastructure and constructing the 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.

The new 60-acre site is located at 3200 Bright Road on Findlay's northeast side. Owens' future state-of-the-art facility will open its doors for students to pursue their career aspirations beginning Fall Semester 2005.

To assist the College in continuing to provide a high quality education to Northwest Ohio students, the Owens Community College Foundation is engaging in a fundraising initiative to construct the library and 10 classrooms adjacent to the first phase of the future Findlay-area Campus.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 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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