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Published 12/20/2004

Owens Employee Named to National Leadership Program

Jackie Dieter Owens Community College Manager of Procurement, Jackie Dieter has been chosen among college and university officials nationwide to participate in the National Institute for Leadership Development (LEADERS) program involving administrators and faculty in higher education.

Established in 1981, the LEADERS program is recognized internationally by colleges, universities and businesses for its visionary approach toward higher education. The program's overall mission is to produce leaders who effectively challenge assumptions, eliminate barriers and create new pathways to successful solutions.

"Being chosen to represent Owens Community College as a LEADERS program participant is an honor," Dieter said. "I see my involvement as a unique opportunity to collaborate with other academic administrators and faculty on initiatives, which will enhance learning opportunities in higher education."

Individuals participating in the yearlong program will learn about a variety of institutional practices involving supervisory and human relations skills, planning and budgeting and organizational transformation, which relate to decision-making roles at their academic institutions. In addition, members will discuss with national experts issues confronting higher education during the next decade.

Selection criterion for the honor is based upon professional abilities, interests in advancement within higher education and the quality of a proposed project.

Dieter's project will involve creating a project analysis database that will track prospective students interested in pursuing a college education. The project's overall mission is designed to impact enrollment growth and graduation rates.

Donna Gruber, Owens Director of Enrollment Services, has been selected to serve as Dieter's mentor during the program, assisting her with initiatives to aid the College and foster individual professional growth.

Dieter joined Owens in November 1999. In her current position she is responsible for coordinating procurement bid and request for proposal documents in matters related to equipment acquisition and services. She also oversees the implementation of policies and procedures for the procurement function as it relates to the Ohio Revised Code and supervises and evaluates the purchasing, accounts payable and data entry/receiving for the College.

At Owens, Dieter was chosen as one of the first employees to participate in the College's new Leadership Academy Program. 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.

She earned a master's degree in business administration from Tiffin University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Heidelberg College. Dieter resides in Fremont.

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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