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Published 8/17/2005

Owens Community College Announces 2005-06 Leadership Academy Program Participants

Owens Community College is broadening its leadership capacity by announcing the honored recipients of the second annual Leadership Academy Program. Fifteen of the College's employees have been chosen by their peers to participate in the program, which is dedicated to fostering personal and professional growth among its employees.

The Owens Leadership Academy Program participants for the 2005-06 academic year are:
Laura Bearden of Adrian, Mich., assistant professor of business technologies
Connie Buhr of Toledo, director of corporate training
Robert Connour of Findlay, assistant professor of math and life/natural sciences in Findlay
Patrick Dymarkowski of Findlay, enrollment services representative in Findlay
Cindy Eschedor of Bradner, assistant registrar of information processing
Cynthia Hotaling of North Baltimore, instructor of nursing in Findlay
Jennifer Irelan of Holland, assistant director of enrollment services
Beth Ann Kneisley of Maumee, chair of occupational therapy assistant
Angela McGinnis of Kansas, enrollment services representative in Findlay
Andrew McQueen of Toledo, bursar
Sarah Metzger of Toledo, senior administrative coordinator
Martha Morrissey of Toledo, assistant registrar of course inventory and master schedule
Dr. Elizabeth Schroeder of Perrysburg, assistant professor of developmental education
Randy Wharton of Perrysburg, chair of design technologies
Brent Wickham of Findlay, chair of the school of business and information technology in Findlay
"The Owens Leadership Academy represents an investment in Owens Community College employees, its mission and its vision for the future," said Verne Walker, Owens director of student services in Findlay, and co-advisor of the Leadership Academy. "As Owens continues to heighten its leadership capacity, this unique program creates 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 one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, 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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