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Published 11/29/2004

Owens Vice President Receives Wood County's ADAMHS Advocate of the Year Award

Dr. Bill Ivoska Owens Community College Vice President of Student Services, Dr. Bill Ivoska was chosen by Wood County's Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADAMHS) to receive the Advocate of the Year Award for his exemplary contributions and dedication toward promoting drug awareness and substance abuse education.

"Bill is passionate about helping local communities make a difference with problems related drug and alcohol abuse," said Larry Mershman, Executive Director of Wood County's Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. "His devotion is immeasurable. He is very deserving of this honor and award."

Wood County's Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board was created with the overall mission of providing comprehensive, quality, fundamental alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services to its surrounding communities. In addition, the organization supports and encourages the development of self-help groups for Wood County citizens who suffer disabling mental illness, mental health disorders, alcohol or drug addiction, and members of their families.

Eighteen Wood County citizens currently comprise the board and are responsible for planning, coordinating, funding, monitoring and evaluating the services that are provided through the Children's Resource Center, Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center, Family Service of Wood County, Behavioral Connections, and Educational Service Center.

An advocate for promoting drug awareness and substance abuse, Ivoska this past year was instrumental and responsible for developing a countywide survey that measured adolescent substance use and mental health among youth in Wood County. In addition, he has served as a researcher for the Toledo/Lucas Alcohol and Drug Addictions Services Board (ADAS) since 1990 and is a frequent presenter at the local, state and national level on reducing adolescent alcohol consumption.

Ivoska joined the College in 1976 as an Associate Professor in Behavioral Sciences. He later served as Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions and the Executive Director of Student Development. Serving as the Director of Admissions from 1996-2002, Ivoska was instrumental in Owens increasing its recording-breaking enrollment to more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students annually.

He currently serves as Vice President of Student Services and is responsible for developing, implementing and supervising activities and staff within Student Services.

Active in the community, Ivoska is a board member with the Lucas County Chance for Change Foundation and the Wood County Board of Red Cross. His professional involvement includes membership with the Ohio Council of Student Development, the American Association of Counseling and Development, and the American Student Personnel Association. Additionally, he serves on several committees associated with the Ohio Board of Regents.

Ivoska holds a doctoral degree in counseling and research methods from The University of Toledo. A licensed professional counselor, he earned his master's degree in social psychology and a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Bowling Green State University. Ivoska resides in Perrysburg.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in 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, 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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