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Published 11/16/2004

Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus Names New Director of Corporate and Community Education

Craig Burnside Owens Community College has named Craig Burnside as the new Director of Corporate and Community Education on the Findlay-area Campus. His responsibilities will include overseeing all facets of the College's corporate and community education programs.

In his new position, Burnside will also foster partnerships between Owens and business, governmental and community leaders and identify opportunities for the College to provide education and training services for the Hancock County region.

"Craig Burnside is an outstanding leader who shares Owens Community College's commitment to excellence in higher education," said Judy Ennis, Owens Executive Dean of the Findlay-area Campus. "He brings a dedication to the academic setting, which is reflected in his extraordinary service within the Findlay area. Craig's selection as the new Director of Corporate and Community Education will have a significant impact on this College's educational future."

Since 1999, Burnside has served as the Vice President of Commercial Banking for Fifth Third Bank in Findlay. In his position he was responsible for developing and managing new business in competitive markets, while maintaining banking relationships in Findlay, Fostoria, Tiffin and Bowling Green, supporting continued growth. Burnside also oversaw the implementation of financial strategies and business plans that maximize business performance and quality. He previously has held various positions with Fifth Third Bank since joining company in 1994, which include Assistant Vice President of Commercial Banking, Commercial Loan Officer and Commercial Loan Representative.

Prior to Fifth Third Bank, Burnside spent eight years at Stautzenberger College in Findlay. From 1988-94, he served as the Director of Stautzenberger College. As Director, Burnside managed a $1.5 million budget and supervised a staff of 30 employees and over 400 students. He also recruited, interviewed and hired employees, and coordinated evaluations and compensation packages. For his efforts, Burnside received the William H. Stautzenberger Award of Excellence in the field of college operations.

"It is a tremendous honor to join the Owens Community College team," Burnside said. "I am deeply committed to promoting the importance of education and look forward to building and strengthening the corporate and community academic opportunities on the College's Findlay- area Campus."

Active in the community, he holds board-level membership with the United Way of Hancock County, Black Swamp Area Council (Boys Scouts of America) and previously was past chairman of the Chamber of Commerce for Findlay/Hancock County. As a Findlay Rotary Club member, Burnside was instrumental in establishing the Rotary Golden Apple Academy with the purpose of promoting educational excellence in the teaching profession. In addition, he played a role in creating the Hancock Education Fund, which was established through the Findlay/Hancock County Community Development Foundation.

The Findlay resident earned his bachelor's degree in human resources management from The University of Toledo and is a Hancock Leadership Graduate. His educational background also includes completing the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools' Graduate Level Management Program for School Directors.

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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