August 4, 2009

Owens Community College Names New Director of Student Life and Community Standards

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College has named Christopher Giordano as the new Director of Student Life and Community Standards. His responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects related to the strategic and administrative leadership, coordination and development of judicial affairs and student life, disability services, athletics and student activities.

In addition, Giordano will be responsible for providing adjudication of student conduct matters through interpretation and administration of the academic institution’s Student Code of Conduct and serving as the student civil rights coordinator. His position will also entail assisting with the student appeals process, as well as coordinating the training of employees and students on the prevention and intervention of issues involving student conduct.

“Owens Community College is honored to have Christopher Giordano serving as the new Director of Student Life and Community Standards,” said Dr. Bill Ivoska, Owens Vice President of Student Services. “Christopher brings to the College extensive knowledge and experience in higher education from a judicial affairs and student life perspective that will be invaluable as Owens continues to further its mission and vision by providing a superior educational experience through excellence, innovation and collaboration.”

Since April 2008, Giordano has served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Toledo. While at the University of Toledo, he was responsible for supporting the functions of the Division of Student Affairs through planning and promotional efforts, research and benchmarking projects, internal and external communications initiatives, specialized student and staff development programs, and general administrative oversight. His responsibilities also included providing leadership and coordination for the Division of Student Affairs’ strategic plan, as well as chairing the committee responsible for the planning and implementation of New Student Convocation.

Prior to his position at the University of Toledo, Giordano served as the Associate Dean of Students at Suffolk University in Boston for two years, where he assisted in fostering the academic institution’s supportive and challenging environment for students to enrich their educational experience. He also served as a resource and referral source for a variety of student concerns and worked cooperatively with parts of the university to ensure responsiveness to student needs. Additionally, Giordano held the position of Assistant Dean of Students at both Suffolk University and the University of Connecticut for a combined eight years.

His professional involvement includes membership with the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Giordano also was a member of the Student Affairs Programming Council and the Student Behavior Review Committee, as well as a Mental Health Community Connections liaison at the University of Toledo.

The Toledo resident holds a master’s degree in counseling services from Upsala College and a bachelor’s degree in English from Rowan University. In addition, Giordano achieved a graduate certificate in adult and organizational learning from Suffolk University and is currently pursuing his doctorate in higher education from the University of Toledo.

One of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio, Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation 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. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.