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Let’s Solve for Certainty

Posted on June 10th, 2020

Recently my friend and colleague Matt Reed published an article urging American families to consider a “Visiting Year” at the local community college as an alternative for graduating seniors. The idea was straightforward: in the face of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Reed suggested that grads look closer to home for their first year of college; he posited the notion as an alternative to a “gap year.” Nearly every American high school graduate lives close to a community college. It makes a ton of sense.

Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Executive Director Jack Hershey shared similar ideas with the Columbus Dispatch, suggesting we call this idea a “Certainty Year.” We agree. In fact, here at Owens Community College, the idea of a certainty year is very much in line with a key component of our vision: to be the first choice for students seeking career credentials and university transfer. The uncertain Fall ahead is a fantastic time to make Owens Community College your first choice.

On a recent conference call with the 23 Ohio community college presidents, Governor Mike DeWine told the group: “anyone who tells you they know what is going to be happening in August doesn’t know what they are talking about.” Despite our excellent efforts to flatten the curve on coronavirus here in Northwest Ohio, the virus is still out there, and the impact on the future is far from certain. With so many vital questions unanswered, Owens offers certainty about the educational opportunities available in the Fall. Every residential college and university that has declared its intention to be “open” in the Fall for residence life has rightly reserved the option of closing again in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19.

The alternative proposed by taking a “Certainty Year” is to retain more control for students and families. Instead of waiting for someone else to decide if the will be open, or the delivery method of the courses, OACC suggests that students take control now and decide themselves.

Here at Owens Community College, we have been working hard on affordable, high quality transfer courses for years. Our first-year, general education courses here at Owens have the same learning outcomes as the residential colleges and universities; they are approved by the same Ohio Department of Higher Education, and with recent action by the Ohio Legislature, they are guaranteed to transfer into guided pathways that will keep you on track to a four-year degree.

Through our Express Programs, Owens has built strong, dual-admission pathways to our major transfer destination partners. FalconExpress, RocketExpress, OilerExpress, and Grey Wolf Express can immediately put students on the path to their four-year degree right here at Owens. Our university partners have worked hard with us to grow the pipeline of transfer students from Owens. A “Certainty Year” is not replacement for your goal of a bachelor’s degree from these important schools: it’s a way to achieve certainty and affordability without delaying the start of your important journey.

A “Certainty Year” is not for everyone. There are many programs and career pathways that might require a start at a four-year university. Our mission here at Owens Community College is to foster student and community success, and perhaps that might require you begin somewhere else. But during these uncertain times, now is a very important time to consider if your success should start here.

Sincerely,

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.
President


Our Values as a Learning Community

Posted on June 1st, 2020

I have a very simple and direct message for our campus community, especially our Black students, faculty and staff. The deaths of Black Americans such as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others who have been targeted because of their skin color are reprehensible and unequivocally wrong. Period. These tragedies go against everything our institution stands for, as well as the exceptional training we deliver in our programs for first responders. As President, I denounce this violence and death in the strongest of terms. The immense hurt, frustration and anger felt by countless Americans, but especially communities of color, is significant and must be acknowledged.

It has not been my practice to comment on other national events, but this moment of collective turmoil and pain requires an acknowledgement on my part as your President. Why would I say something now? Our community needs to hear from me that Owens Community College sees what is happening and is committed to creating a campus culture that is safe and inclusive for everyone, especially our underrepresented minority students and employees. As much as I might hope that safety and inclusion could be taken for granted, this would be naive and uninformed of me. I know better. So I need to take this opportunity to say it formally and publicly.

As we see this turmoil unfold across the country–including right here in the communities we serve–the best and worst of our citizenry is on display. Witnessing these events is traumatic for our college culture, even if we are not on campus and gathering in the manner we normally do. Although I will be leaving for another college in a matter of weeks, I feel a deep responsibility to be a positive force to help our campus listen, learn, understand and heal during this time. We must face this moment as the equity-minded learning community we are.

Over the past year, our campus culture has begun important work on diversity and inclusion. This vital focus is now a formal part of our college’s strategic plan. Initiatives such as our Courageous Conversations will continue after I am gone, and I am confident that our campus community will continue to address the pressing and uncomfortable truths at the heart of this national pain and division. This has been important work, but it is only a beginning. Leadership begins by confronting brutal facts. What is happening is not okay. It must be acknowledged, and it is my job to assure our entire campus community that Owens Community College is committed to a safe and inclusive campus environment.

Above all, we must recommit ourselves to listen and learn from one another about what is happening during this traumatic moment in our history. These are the moments where we must take extra steps to live up to our values of diversity and inclusion. Doing so may draw criticism or surface disagreements. We need to do it anyway.

Sincerely,

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.
President


Message to Owens Community College

Posted on May 31st, 2020

May 19, 2020

Dear Owens Community College:

With sincerest respect, I write to inform our campus community that I am resigning as President of Owens Community College, as I have accepted the position of President at Lansing Community College in Michigan. The timeframe for my departure will be 60 days. I was not seeking another position, but when I was recruited, I needed to explore this rare opportunity to return to the college where I began my teaching career.

During my time as Provost and President here at Owens, I have been inspired by the dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff. Our great teachers and team members have positioned Owens as a leader in university transfer and innovative student support services. We have strengthened our facilities and information technology. Connections to the communities we serve have never been stronger, and we are poised to help the region recover as Ohio emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.

Our organizational strength and financial resilience have allowed us to proactively respond to the sudden disruption caused by the current pandemic and chart a confident path forward. I remain so impressed by the flexibility and innovation of the entire campus as we continue to foster the success of our students and communities. In my remaining time as president, I will be working with the leadership team to make sure Owens’ mission and strategic plan guide our next steps.

While I am excited to return to the college where I fell in love with community college teaching, I am truly sad to leave the incredible people of Owens. I have learned so much from you, and I will be forever grateful. The Board, senior leaders, faculty and staff of this college are truly exceptional. Given your dedication and commitment to the students and mission of Owens, I am confident the college has a bright future.

It has been my distinct honor and privilege to work alongside all of you. Thank you for all your support, hard work, and dedication to this great college.

Sincerely,

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.
President


NCMPR President’s Award

Posted on May 1st, 2020

One of the many initiatives that has taken a backseat to our important work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has been the #EndCCStigma campaign. Twitter and other social media have been crucial for learning about local, state and federal responses to the crisis, as well as benchmarking what other colleges are doing to keep their students, faculty and staff safe. I deliberately have kept the channel clear of my normal “aggregate and amplify” posts about positive community college stories during this crisis. Now that we are embarking on the Responsible RestartOhio strategy of getting our state back to work, it’s time to life the stay-at-home order for our #EndCCStigma campaign!

Like every other academic conference scheduled for the past several weeks, the annual meeting of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations conference in Orlando was cancelled. At that meeting, our #EndCCStigma campaign was scheduled to be recognized with the NCMPR President’s Award, which is described here:

The President’s Award is among the highest distinctions given to an individual or organization that has made extraordinary contributions to the community college movement on a regional or national basis, particularly in the areas of marketing and public relations. Established in 2000, the award is presented by the board of directors at the national conference. It is not given every year.

I had a schedule conflict and was unable to attend even before everything was cancelled, so our Marketing/PR team and I created the following acceptance video.

While the President’s Award is given to a single person, it’s very important to note that #EndCCStigma is a grassroots group effort. Not only is the campaign a product of very talented Marketing and PR professionals, it also relies upon hundreds of people using the hashtag on social media to amplify and aggregate positive stories about community colleges. I would like to thank Jared Meade, Jason Griffin, and James Schuller in particular for their work with coordination and execution of the campaign. While this campaign may appear to be a single community college president using Twitter, it’s actually a team project that relies upon talented media strategists, graphic designers, videographers and countless community college professionals from all over the country.

As higher education institutions responsibly begin to bring face-to-face teaching and learning online, it’s important that we advocate for community colleges and continue our work to elevate public perception of our mission. In other words, it’s time for #EndCCStigma to get back to work.

Sincerely,

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.
President


2020 Outstanding Service Awards

Posted on April 27th, 2020

As we respond to the global coronavirus pandemic here at Owens Community College, we have canceled all of our large gatherings and ceremonies for the foreseeable future. Our team is actively scenario planning for when and how such activity can resume, but a number of our very favorite events will not happen this year. Apart from Commencement, one particularly special event that will not take place is our 17th Annual Outstanding Service Awards.

Owens Community College is proud to lead Northwest Ohio with the premier recognition event for first responders in our region. Each year, we host a gathering to celebrate the heroic action of the men and women in the first responder community. Our signature breakfast on the Toledo-area Campus is affectionately known as “the safest place in Northwest Ohio” during that event, as nearly every police, fire, and EMT leader in the region attends our event. For six years I have served on the committee that selects the award winners for these awards; it’s a yearly reminder of the selfless service our police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel give us 365 days a year.

This year, we are conducting our recognition remotely via social distancing. Here is a video introduction to our social media recognition. Special thanks to Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner, State Senator Theresa Gavarone, and State Representative Haraz Ghanbari for appearing in the video with me.

Our 2020 Outstanding Service Awards is one of many special events that I am dearly missing during this crisis. Please take the time to thank all of our first responders, and stay tuned for the many stories of service and heroism we will be sharing on social media in the coming days. Special thanks to our Marketing and Public Relations team, who did such a great job transitioning this recognition to video and social media materials. Also, thank you to Jennifer Fehnrich and  our wonderful Owens Community College Alumni Association for continuing to sponsor this fantastic event.

Sincerely,

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.
President


$3.9M Federal CARES Act Funding and State Budget Impact

Posted on April 13th, 2020

On Thursday, April 9, the US Department of Education notified Owens Community College of the funding we will receive through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act in response to the economic impact of the cornoavirus pandemic. We are thankful to our US delegation of Senator Rob Portman, Senator Sherrod Brown, Representative Marcy Kaptur, and Representative Bob Latta for their advocacy of higher education and our students in this sweeping stimulus package. I spoke with Congressman Latta on a conference call with other college presidents shortly after the legislation was passed; similarly, Senator Brown was the speaker at our Toledo Rotary Club last week (via videoconference), where I heard him outline the provisions of the stimulus appropriations.

This Federal legislation appropriates $12.56 billion to higher education using a formula of student enrollment that is weighted for Pell recipients. For Owens, this translates to a total of $3,937,786, half of which is to be provided directly to students in order to cover expenses related to the “disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.” The minimum allocation to be awarded to students as emergency assistance is $1,968,893. The remaining stimulus funding is intended to offset institutional impact of the coronavirus pandemic to the college; this portion is still under review with stakeholder groups in DC. Our excellent representatives at the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) continue to coordinate with AACT, AACC and other groups in order to advocate for community colleges and communicate with legislators as a future stimulus package is discussed. Details about the potential additional allocation are still very much under development.

Much Needed, But Not a Windfall

The amount of $3.9 million is significant and vital to address the impact to Owens and the students we serve. The portion allocated for direct relief to students will come first. The remaining $1.9 million that is intended to offset coronavirus-related impact to the college is much needed, but it will be far less than the expected shortfall we anticipate from the onset of the pandemic. Last week, OACC informed us that the picture for the current and future budget in the State of Ohio is bleak. March tax receipts came in 10.5% below previous estimates, and this will certainly continue to weaken. In my conversations with Chancellor Randy Gardner, I have learned that Owens can expect a 20% reduction in our remaining State Share of Instruction (SSI) distributions for the current fiscal year, and a similar reduction for the entirety of next fiscal year is likely. These reductions, coupled with the loss of tuition revenue from the cancellation of face-to-face classes in the Summer session, are considerably more than double that of the institutional $1.9 million we anticipate receiving in stimulus funding. In short, while the CARES Act stimulus dollars are much needed, the institutional portion of the stimulus will not come close to covering the pandemic-related impact to our financial health.

Financial Strength and Capacity

This pandemic and the economic crisis that accompanies it will be a significant blow to Owens, but we are currently positioned to adapt and respond. Because we have spent the past few weeks transitioning to the new reality of alternative delivery and remote work where possible, I imagine only a few of us have thought much about our 2019-2021 Strategic Planning Goals. Goal Six, Financial Strength and Capacity, is the foundation of the graphic representation of our strategic plan. If ever a college needed strong financial indicators, a global pandemic and looming economic downturn is the right time to be fiscally healthy as an organization, and it is important that we remain fiscally healthy. This crisis will test our financial health, but we learned a great deal during our last financial crisis. As an institution that lived through Fiscal Watch, we have spent years building strong financial systems. We currently have among the highest SB6 scores in the State of Ohio, and our financial controls and resilience make us uniquely prepared to deal with external shocks and stresses. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 will present a major disruption, but I am confident in the people, systems, and culture we have built to fund our mission of student and community success.

As we move through the economic impact of this crisis, I will continue to share the information we have as it becomes available. Thank you for all you are doing for our students and communities in this unprecedented and challenging environment. I am truly inspired by your great work and care for our campus community. Stay safe, and please know that while these challenges are great, I am confident in our ability to meet them together.

Sincerely,

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.
President


COVID-19 Update: 2020-03-25

Posted on March 25th, 2020

As we mark the halfway point through our “transition week” to alternative delivery, I wanted to create a brief video from my home workstation. Previous entries on my blog have very specific information about our remote work and COVID-19 leave provisions.

While I am making limited trips to my office, I am consciously modeling the Governor’s recommendation (and Dr. Amy Acton’s order) to Stay At Home.  This has been an adjustment for me, as I am accustomed to working in my office, traveling to events and large gatherings, and having meetings with community leaders over breakfast and lunch.  All of my meetings are now virtual/videoconferencing.

Below are some thoughts on Dr. Acton’s Stay At Home order, my deep gratitude for the faculty and staff working to transition to alternative delivery, and my sincere concern for the limited staff in public safety, facilities, and technology/information services who are working to keep faculty, staff and students connected remotely.

It is very easy for me to make these videos, which I produce with my phone without any script. From my perspective, more communication is better. It’s important to me to stay connected with our campus community.

About My Home Workstation

I don’t mention them in the video, but I am standing at my late father’s standing desk. It’s a 19th century clerk’s desk, and it has been perfect for working at home. Hanging on the wall are two very sentimental pictures. The watercolor elephants were among my mother’s favorite things. She received it as a gift when I was born and it hung in my nursery when I was a baby. The black and white photo was taken by my former colleague Paul Rozycki, retired political science professor at my prior college. He took the photo in 1987, and this print was a housewarming present when I moved to Flint, Michigan.

Thank you for all you are doing to as we prepare to resume alternative delivery next week.

Be careful,

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.
President


Dr. Acton’s Stay At Home Order [2020-03-23]

Posted on March 23rd, 2020

Yesterday, Dr. Amy Acton signed a “Stay At Home” order for all Ohioans. As  Governor DeWine explained during the Sunday press conference, this is a formalization of what he and Dr. Acton have been asking Ohio to do already. He also specifically addressed that name for the order; some states have called these orders “Shelter In Place” or similar terms, mostly because their state laws and emergency plans use those terms. The Governor said Ohio chose “Stay At Home” for directness and simplicity. The English professor in me appreciates this clear, straightforward language.

In my all-campus e-mail, I included a link to The Ohio Channel video of the press conference from Sunday, March 22, 2020. The high traffic on that site makes the link unusable at peak times. Here is the same press conference archived on YouTube.

As we announced to all Owens Community College employees last week, if your job can be done remotely and you receive supervisor and VP approval, we encourage you to do so. The “Stay At Home” order contains some very useful information to help us with this. I have attached a PDF copy of the Stay At Home order below, and I would like to share some Owens-specific thoughts about it.

Stay-at-Home Order

First, I want to point out the hard work and diligent thought that went into this important document. While it is only 12 pages long, the Stay At Home order contains volumes of excellent information that is meant to keep us safe and help to “flatten the curve.” I can only imagine the dozens and dozens of dedicated public servants who worked to create this document. I know from communicating with Chancellor Randy Gardner that he and his teams were working on portions of the document for the past three days. The order provides valuable guidance for us as a College, and I truly believe it will keep us safer and help us do what we need to do to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic. I wrote to the Governor thanking him and the entire administration for working on this document and providing it to us.

Essential/Basic Minimum Operations

Section 12 of the order creates an exception for “Educational institutions” including colleges for facilitating distance learning and performing essential functions provided social distancing is maintained to the greatest extent possible. In Section 13, the order stipulates that preserving physical plant, ensuring security, processing payroll and employee benefits, as well as facilitating remote work are all defined as minimum basic operations. This will allow us to do the critical work of transitioning all of our instruction to alternative delivery, as well as to provide IT and WiFi access for student populations that do not have that access at home.

NOTE: Social distancing requirements apply to all work that happens on campus. No exceptions! If your role cannot be performed at home, the only way any Owens employee should be working on campus is by strictly conforming to Social Distancing Requirements as they are outlined in Section 15 of the order.

Office Schedule and Remote Work Provisions

In light of the new Stay At Home order, I will reprint our notification on office schedule and remote work.

The College will continue “between semester” office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through Monday, April 6. [Note that this date is changed from our original date of April 5 in order to align with Dr. Acton’s order.] If your job can be done remotely and you receive supervisor and VP approval, we encourage you to do so. For those employees with a role that does not allow for remote work, as determined by your supervisor, measures are being put in place to ensure that on-campus roles can be performed with health, safety, and social distancing. Teams are also encouraged to move face-to-face meetings and student interactions to phone or video conferencing when appropriate.

Additional Leave Provisions (Expanded)

Also in light of the Stay At Home order, I will reprint our previous notification on expanded leave provisions for employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We very proactive in adopting these leave provisions, and other colleges in Ohio have begun to use them as a model.

As previously announced, faculty or staff will be eligible to take up to 80 hours (prorated for part-time employees) of time off if they meet one of the below requirements (as approved by the supervisor and VP). This one-time leave is in addition to an employee’s current leave balances.

  1. To adhere to a requirement or recommendation to quarantine due to exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19;
  2. To care for yourself or an at-risk family member who is adhering to a requirement or recommendation to quarantine due to exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19; and
  3. To care for a child of an employee if the child’s school or place of care has been closed, or the child-care provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19.
  4. To cover hours that are not able to be worked remotely, and on-campus presence isn’t required, during the period of March 23 – April 5. [new]

CISA Guidance

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has also produced excellent guidance on critical infrastructure. My PDF copy of Dr. Acton’s Stay At Home order contained a March 19, 2020 document from CISA as an attachment. I will link to that document here. Specifically, it defines certain critical communications and information technology functions that are defined as “essential.”

CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers

It also speaks to community-based and government operations such as our, including: workers to ensure continuity of building functions; security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures; educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for the purpose of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions, if operating under rules for social distancing. Again, it is important to note that all on-campus rules must practice social distancing requirements.

In closing, the most important thing is the safety of our students, faculty and staff. If you have questions about any of this information, please reach out to your supervisor or Human Resources.

Please stay safe, and I will use the closing Governor DeWine has used in the few brief personal e-mails I have received from him during the crisis:

Be careful,

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.
President


Spring 2020 / COVID-19 Alternative Delivery

Posted on March 17th, 2020

I am writing to follow up on our recent communications regarding the Spring 2020 semester and the ongoing situation with COVID-19. These are truly extraordinary times. I am so impressed and thankful for the hard work our faculty and staff have already invested in our response to this situation. I will re-print the announcement below:

Owens Community College will transition to alternative delivery for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. All students should receive guidance this week via e-mail concerning next steps for classes, which will resume on Monday, March 30; this is a change from the originally-scheduled resumption of classes after spring break. Students in internships, clinicals and directed practices should inquire about the status of these sessions with the academic department, as many facilities and sites have changed their procedures in response to COVID-19.

As you are aware, our initial determination was to transition to alternative delivery only through April 6, 2020. Given what we are learning from Governor DeWine, Ohio Public Health Director Dr. Amy Acton and others, this timetable will not be sufficient to keep everyone safe and respond to our need to “flatten the curve” in response to COVID-19. This means that we will need to take creative and extraordinary steps to finish the semester. To that end, we have reserved a week in the calendar to adapt to alternative delivery before we resume classes on March 30.

I realize that I have been sending a great number of messages and updates to our campus community. It is very important to us that our faculty and staff be informed of what is going on and how the college is planning to respond. To that end, below are the college office schedule and remote work provisions for staff that I sent out via e-mail yesterday.

The College will continue “between semester” office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through Sunday, April 5. If your job can be done remotely and you receive supervisor and VP approval, we encourage you to do so. For those employees with a role that does not allow for remote work, as determined by your supervisor, measures are being put in place to ensure that on-campus roles can be performed with health, safety, and social distancing. Teams are also encouraged to move face-to-face meetings and student interactions to phone or video conferencing when appropriate.

In our efforts to respond to this crisis, Owens has worked hard to keep students, faculty and staff informed along the way. I want to personally thank all the faculty, staff and administrators who have been working day and night to make sure we respond in the best way. This week, a few of my thoughts about this situation were picked up by Community College Daily.

Despite all the work we have accomplished so far, there is much more work to come. Between now and the resumption of classes on March 30, a great deal of creative work in alternative delivery will need to be accomplished. I want to thank everyone here at the college, especially Academic Affairs and the the OFA leadership, for immediately moving to action to make plans to respond.

Below is a 10-minute video I recorded elaborating on these messages; it does NOT contain the most pressing and updated information, which can be found on our Owens Community College COVID-19 page and the Ohio Department of Health website.

 

In closing, I want to acknowledge that this is a scary time. Doing what we need to do will produce stress, uncertainty, and disruption. I am confident we can do this together. I truly believe that what we are doing will make a difference and save lives. The hard work and resolve I have witnessed this past week has been genuinely inspiring. Thank you to everyone for all you are doing and will continue to do. Please stay safe, practice social distancing, and continue to wash those hands.

Sincerely,

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.
President


Update to Board of Trustees

Posted on March 13th, 2020

As we finish this whirlwind week, I thought I would share a communication I just sent to our amazing Board of Trustees. Pat Jezak, Board Secretary, has done the important work of keeping our Board informed while I was busy working with our teams to manage the events of this week.

Here at Owens, we are fortunate to have a dedicated group of Trustees who are appointed by the Governor in service to our college. Despite the challenges, this week showed what an incredible and resilient organization we have.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear Trustees:

What a week! Before the start of the weekend, I wanted to send you a quick note to acknowledge the amazing work our teams here at Owens have done during the rapidly-evolving events surrounding Covid-19 and our response to Governor DeWine’s recommendations on higher education. I am so proud of all their hard work. It is amazing what they have accomplished in the face of great disruption this week.

As Pat Jezak informed you in real time, the Governor issued a series of recommendations on Tuesday for higher education regarding the cancellation of travel, large events, and face-to-face classes. That morning I was present for a meeting with the other community college presidents at OACC in Columbus. Governor DeWine and Chancellor Gardner joined this meeting, and their level of engagement and preparation was impressive. After his press conference, we made the immediate decision to implement the Governor’s recommendations, which were large. This is what our amazing teams have been doing this week. Spring break begins this Monday.

Not only have we followed the Governor’s guidance, we have also communicated effectively and efficiently with our students, community stakeholders, and campus community. I have been amazed at the level of positivity and flexibility among our Owens people. It has been inspirational. Great progress has been made to make alternative arrangements for most instruction; events and training that cannot go forward with the Governor’s executive order on gatherings of over 100 persons have been canceled. There is much more to do, and that work is currently underway.

Despite all the work and chaos, I was able to be with Chair Hammond in Findlay when she filled in for First Lady Fran DeWine at the Hancock County Imagination Library fundraiser at the University of Findlay. Please know that we continue to keep the college moving forward in the face of this disruption. She did an excellent job, and we received several compliments for how Owens is handling the situation. Pat and I will keep you informed as we move forward.

Our landing page for information about Covid-19 is here:
https://www.owens.edu/covid19/

I have been updating my President’s Blog regularly as a way of keeping the campus community informed:
https://www.owens.edu/presidents-blog/

I will close by telling you again how proud I am of our Owens team members and our leadership here in the State of Ohio. As you know, I have a large network of colleagues and counterparts from across the country. We are being seen as decisive leaders here in Ohio. A great deal of credit for this goes to Governor DeWine, Director Acton and Chancellor Gardner. This crisis has brought with it many shocks and stresses. Leadership has made all the difference in this.

Thank you, and have a safe and healthy weekend.

Sincerely,

Steve

I would not be able to say such things if we did not have the dedicated faculty and staff who live out our mission of promoting student and community success. Thank you for all you do.

Sincerely,

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.
President