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Published 11/16/2004

Owens Community College Names New Associate Vice President of Academic Services

Dr. Bruce Busby Owens Community College has chosen Dr. Bruce Busby as the new Associate Vice President of Academic Services. His responsibilities will include assisting the Provost with all aspects of administration for Academic Services.

In addition, his new position will entail overseeing academic planning, curriculum development, budget management and facility planning. Busby will also provide assistance within the College's Outcome Assessment and Retention programs, Distance Learning, and Program Review and Evaluation Process.

"Dr. Busby brings a wealth of expertise and experience within two- and four-year academic institutions and will quickly become an asset to the College community in helping to further the Owens mission," said Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College.

Since June 2001, Busby has served as the Dean of Arts and Sciences for Northwest State Community College. While at Northwest State, he was responsible for establishing the community college's Student Success Center to address strategic goals for persistence and program completion among students. Through his leadership, Northwest State created the Heritage Arts Center as an institute for regional studies, integrating the Elder Hostel Program, the Center for Life-Long Learning, the Black Swamp Heritage Collection as well as credit and non-credit courses, regional partnerships and exhibitions celebrating the heritage of the Black Swamp region.

In addition, he has served as the lead facilitator for the community college's strategic planning process over the past year and co-chaired the institutional self-study for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Prior to Northwest State, Busby spent four years as the Associate Academic Dean at Defiance College. His primary responsibilities included overseeing the honors program, managing endowed programs and supporting faculty development.

"I am extremely pleased with the opportunity to join Owens Community College and serve as Associate Vice President of Academic Services," Busby said. "Owens is a leader in higher education. I look forward to working with our distinguished faculty, staff and students, and enhancing educational opportunities and resource for current and future students."

His professional and community involvement includes serving on the Workforce Development Steering Committee for the Ohio Bridges to Opportunity Initiative and holding board-level membership on the National Association for General and Liberal Studies and ProMedica's Defiance Regional Medical Center Foundation. He previously served as an Ohio Association for Developmental Education board member.

A resident of Defiance, Busby earned his doctoral and master's degrees in English from The University of Tennessee and a bachelor's degree in English from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 29 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 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, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and 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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