President's Blog

Welcome Back!

Posted on September 2nd, 2020

Welcome – or welcome back – to Owens Community College!

I know many of you may be dealing with feelings of uncertainty, either from the anticipation of starting your higher education journey or from the new remote and hybrid learning environment due to COVID-19 – or both. I want to reassure you that our faculty and staff continue to work tirelessly to provide each of you with the resources and support services you need to ensure your success.

We all have a commitment to each other as we safely return to campus:  masks must be worn at all times while on campus, we maintain a social distance of at least 6 ft., and always practice proper hand hygiene to help stop the spread of COVID-19. For more information about Owens Safe Start initiatives, please visit and review the Protocol for Potential COVID-19 Illness following Ohio Department of Health & CDC Guidelines: OCC Students

While the health of our campus community is top of mind due to the current pandemic, Owens remains dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming educational environment for all of our students. We strive to cultivate an intentionally equitable and inclusive college community that takes into account the impact of our actions on all members. Each of you is an important part of this community and we will ensure you always feel that way by understanding, respecting, and valuing diversity during your educational journey and beyond.

In addition to these blogs, I will use the @OCCPresident Twitter account to highlight various campus or community events, topics around higher education, or other topics that may be of interest. If you have a Twitter account, please follow me. You may also share your thoughts with me by email at

Thanks for choosing to be part of our Owens community: strong, determined, and resilient. The faculty, staff, administration, and I are here to ensure you reach your higher education goals – a two-year degree, a certificate, professional development or personal enrichment, or a strong foundation before you transfer to a four-year institution. We wish you a great start to the new academic year and remember, your success starts here!

Bill Balzer, Ph.D.

Interim President