President's Blog

Rossford Back to School… at Owens!

Posted on July 27th, 2018

Welcome Rossford Bulldogs!

This morning I took a brief walkthrough of the portions of AVCC and Math/Science that will host Rossford High School in a few short weeks.

A recent news segment on 13ABC featured a tour of the space that will be used by Rossford, as well as interviews with the district superintendent Dan Creps and high school principal Tony Brashear. The television segment really shows Owens in a positive light: “The hallways are also bright and offer beautiful views of the new senior lounge.” As Brashear states in his interview:

“It’s an upgrade for [the students] to come here, and then when we leave here and get into a newer building it’s going to be even better.”

In addition to providing an important service to a neighboring school district, our hosting of Rossford High School  is a fantastic way to expose hundreds of students and their families to our wonderful college.

Just as we did with Lake High School back in 2010, our hosting of Rossford is an extension of our mission of student success and community service. It also provides us with a direct connection to numerous students and their families, many of whom are potential Owens students. The lease revenue is also a positive factor for the college, making the partnership and hosting a true “win-win” collaboration between the college and the school district.

Some Updates

  • The first day for Rossford teachers to officially report is August 20
  • Freshman report to school for the first time on August 21
  • The remainder of the students start on August 22

All of the “above-ceiling” inspections for the construction changes are complete; all construction is anticipated to be finished by the week of August 13.

I want to thank all the Owens employees who have worked so hard on the Rossford hosting project. We have received very complimentary feedback about how warm, inviting and helpful our Owens people have been during the process. I am especially grateful to the Owens faculty and staff who moved their classrooms and offices in order to make this partnership work.

If you happen to interact with Rossford students, faculty, staff and families in the coming weeks, please extend a warm greeting and leave them with the sense of welcome that is conveyed in the banner we hung in the atrium. This is a remarkable partnership that should create lasting goodwill for Owens in the Rossford community for many years to come.

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.


Remembering Trustee John C. Moore

Posted on July 25th, 2018

In Memoriam: John C. Moore (1936-2018)

I am very sad to inform our campus community about the passing of one of our college’s great leaders, Mr. John C. Moore, who served on our Board of Trustees from 2000-2010. I was fortunate enough to have a few brief conversations with Mr. Moore about our college and its history during our 50th anniversary celebrations; I also discussed his extensive mentoring with community leaders during his long career in banking and public service. I frequently saw John Moore out and about in the community. As a frequent visitor to the Toledo Museum of Art, I saw Mr. Moore at the TMA and the Toledo Symphony on a number of occasions. Many college employees have fond memories of Trustee Moore, and he will be sorely missed.

Board Chair Dee Talmage issued the following statement on the passing of Mr. Moore, whom she considered a dear friend:

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of John C. Moore, former Chair of the Board of Trustees at Owens Community College. Mr. Moore served as a Trustee from 2000-2010, and later as a Director on the Owens Foundation Board. In addition to serving as Board Chair, Mr. Moore served on the Executive Board of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges and helped guide Owens through a vitally important part of its history. He will be remembered for his strong commitment to higher education and his mentorship of countless community leaders. The entire Owens family wishes to convey deep sympathy and condolences to Mr. Moore’s many friends and family in our community.”

Chair Talmage informed me that Mr. Moore was heavily recruited to be the Chair of the OACC Board, but he declined and encouraged her to become involved. Dee Talmage would later become OACC Board Chair. The mentorship of John Moore improved our entire community, but it had a special impact on Owens Community College.

The obituary for Mr. Moore appeared in the Toledo Blade this morning. Funeral arrangements are below:

Wake from 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 27

Dale-Riggs Funeral Home
572 Nebraska Ave
Toledo, OH 43604

Funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28

St. Joan of Arc Church
5856 Heatherdowns Blvd
Toledo, OH 43614

John Moore served as Chair of our Board during a pivotal time for Owens, including a difficult presidential transition and the loss of accreditation for our Nursing program. He was a strong and stabilizing force for our college during this time. Owens Community College will always be grateful for his energy, leadership and service to our institution.

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.