Office of the President

Dr. Steve Robinson


Steve Robinson, Ph.D.

Dr. Steve Robinson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Owens Community College. Appointed by the Board of Trustees in June of 2017 as interim president and appointed as the 7th president of Owens Community College on April 11, 2018, he previously served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and then Provost. Robinson is responsible for the organization, administration and supervision of all affairs at the College as established by the Board of Trustees.

Before joining Owens, Robinson served as Executive Dean of Planning, Research and Quality at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. In this role he was the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) for regional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Robinson also served as Interim Dean of Social Science and Interim Dean of Health Sciences during his time at Mott. Prior to becoming an administrator, Robinson spent fifteen years as an English professor in the Humanities Division at Mott Community College, and ten years as President of the faculty association.

In addition to his experience in community college positions, Robinson also spent six years as a non-partisan elected official as City Councilman in Grand Blanc, Michigan. At four-year higher education institutions, he served as a member of the graduate faculty in English at the University of Michigan-Flint. He also served as a chair and faculty advisor in the Doctorate in Community College Leadership (DCCL) program at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He is a graduate of the Management Development Program (MDP) at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education and recently completed the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence through the Stanford Graduate School of Education (one of just 40 higher education leaders selected in the country).

During his time in Ohio, Robinson has become a state-wide leader in higher education and transfer issues and serves on the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways Steering Committee. He serves on the Board of the Regional Growth Partnership and is a member of the Rotary Club of Toledo. Robinson earned a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.