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Published 8/18/2004

Owens Community College Initiates Employee Leadership Academy Program

Owens Community College is broadening its leadership capacity by implementing a unique program dedicated to personal and professional growth among employees. Sixteen of the College's employees have been chosen by their peers to participate in a new Owens Leadership Academy Program.

The first-ever Owens Leadership Academy Program participants for the 2004-05 academic year are:
Joe Barringer of Toledo, Tool Room Attendant
Gretchen Carroll of Sylvania, Associate Professor of Business, Public Service and Information Technologies
Jackie Dieter of Fremont, Coordinator of Procurement
Vicki Henery of Oregon, Secretary to the Vice President of Workforce and Community Services
D'Naie Jacobs of Perrysburg, Chair of Computer Information Systems/Office Administration
Pat Jezak of Maumee, Secretary to the Senior Vice President of Business Affairs
Sharon Libby of Bowling Green, Assistant Chair of Early Childhood Education
Jim Mahaney of Wauseon, Manager of Maintenance Services
Cheryle Miller of Northwood, Associate Registrar
Don Rahman of Millbury, Foreman of Maintenance
Zia Rahman of Perrysburg, Database Administrator
Glenn Rettig of Findlay, Chair of Industrial and Engineering Technologies in Findlay
Richard Sabo of Perrysburg, Professor of Business, Public Service and Information Technologies
Nerur Satish of Toledo, Chair of Electrical/Electronics Technologies
Verne Walker of Arlington, Director of Student Services in Findlay
Sara Wilgus of Toledo, Secretary/Receptionist of Business, Public Service and Information Technologies
"The creation of the Owens Leadership Academy represents an investment in Owens Community College employees, its mission and its vision for the future," said Reti Shutina, Owens Presidential Fellow, and Chair of the Advisory Council that developed this new leadership program. "As Owens continues to heighten its leadership capacity, this unique program will create new opportunities for employees to enhance their skills and make a difference within the College, the surrounding communities and in their own personal lives."

The Owens Leadership Academy Program was established with the overall mission of developing each member's leadership ability for the improvement of self, the College and the community. Underlining this broad-based program is the belief that leadership can be developed and cultivated from within and at various levels of the College. The program is designed to provide individuals with unique perspectives on leadership theory, institutional culture, vision sharing, decision-making and how interpersonal skills shape leadership behaviors.

Employees participating in this nine-month program were chosen following a competitive selection and individual interviews with the Owens Leadership Academy Advising Council. All Owens full-time faculty, staff and administrators were eligible to submit an application for the Owens Leadership Academy Program.

Selection criteria for the Owens Leadership Academy recipients is based upon an employee's exemplary record of performance in their respective area, strong and continuous involvement in the College and community, and proven leadership ability or strong potential capacity. In addition, individuals must demonstrate continuous efforts for self-improvement and a strong sense of personal commitment to the program.

The content of the program curriculum is both knowledge- and skills-based. In the coming months, Owens Leadership Academy members will participate in a variety of seminars, including a five-day, intensive residential program. An important component of the program is the group project that focuses on issues important to the College. The group project will represent the pinnacle of this leadership enhancing experience. Participants will have the opportunity to put into practice their new knowledge and skills and come up with solutions to real problems that can benefit the College. Members also will learn how to assess their own leadership skills and create individual plans for personal and professional growth.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be honored during a special ceremony that distinguishes each individual as a Leadership Fellow. In addition, graduating members will be awarded a pin in recognition of successful program completion.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 28 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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