December 16, 2009

Owens Community College Provost Paul Unger Announces Retirement Plans

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College Executive Vice President/Provost Dr. Paul Unger has announced his retirement effective Jan. 1 at the conclusion of the current Fall Semester.

In addition to his duties as Executive Vice President/Provost, Dr. Unger has been serving as Acting President of the College since President Dr. Christa Adams announced her plans to retire earlier this month. The Board of Trustees is currently in the process of identifying an Interim President to serve until a permanent replacement can be found. At its December meeting, the Board of Trustees announced its plans to conduct a national search for a new President in 2010.

Owens Community College Board of Trustees Chair John C. Moore reluctantly accepted Dr. Unger’s decision to retire. “We tried to persuade Dr. Unger to change his mind and remain as Executive Vice President/Provost but, unfortunately, his decision is firm. We are very grateful to him for his leadership over the years and especially during the past few months. Over and over, he has demonstrated his commitment to continuously improve the academic standards at Owens Community College and this academic institution is a better place today because of his dedication and leadership.”

Board of Trustees Chair Moore added, “We expect to announce an Interim President very soon and are confident that we will have someone in place for the upcoming Spring Semester. The Board of Trustees will then focus our full attention on conducting a national search for a new President.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure at Owens Community College over that last 18 years and am proud of all the accomplishments that I have been able to be a part of in serving our community,” said Dr. Paul Unger, Executive Vice President/Provost of Owens Community College. “I want to thank the Board of Trustees for their leadership and support of the College and I wish everyone at Owens all the best in the years to come.”

Dr. Unger joined the College as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer in July 1992. He was named Executive Vice President/Provost in addition to continuing as Chief Academic Officer for Owens in May 2006. In his current position, Dr. Unger oversees the areas of Student Services, Academic Services and Workforce and Community Services. He has served as Provost for Owens since September 2002.

Since his arrival at Owens, Dr. Unger has been instrumental in supporting the infusion of state-of-the-art technology throughout the academic programs and the addition of the baccalaureate transfer curriculum in 1994 as the College was chartered from a Technical College to a State Community College. He also worked to secure the permanent Charter of the College as a State Community College and created the weekend college and distance learning offerings that currently enroll thousands of students, as well as provided leadership in the expansion of academic curriculum to meet the needs of the surrounding communities.

Other educational efforts spearheaded by Dr. Unger include the development of the Center for Emergency Preparedness and the College expanding its educational opportunities to Maumee’s Arrowhead Park for the upcoming spring term, as well as the acquiring of millions of dollars in both private and public grants for educational programs and resources. His leadership efforts also played a significant role in the College opening the Owens Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, which provides educational opportunities to area residents throughout the region.

Dr. Unger’s dedication to public service includes membership with the State of Ohio Chief Academic Officers of Two-Year Colleges, Northwest Ohio Tech Prep Consortium and National Council of Instructional Administrators. An advocate for higher education at the state level, Dr. Unger is also a member of many statewide committees with the Ohio Board of Regents.

Prior to coming to Owens, Dr. Unger served as the Dean of Business at Lima Technical College from 1986-92 and Policy Analyst for The National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE) at The Ohio State University from 1983-86.

Dr. Unger holds a doctorate degree in community college administration from The Ohio State University. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he earned his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in business from Central Michigan University and Wright State University, respectively. He resides in Sylvania.

In addition, Owens’ Vice Provost Dr. Renay Scott will be named to the position of Interim Provost effective Jan. 1. Dr. Scott, who has served as the College’s Vice Provost since September of this year, is responsible for assisting with all aspects related to the supervision and administrative leadership of the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences and the Library on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Additionally, Dr. Scott administers the College’s program review and assessment system and oversees Owens’ faculty professional development plan, the Honors Program and service learning.

Dr. Scott joined the College in June 2006 as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. In that position, her responsibilities included overseeing all instructional programs and activities within the School. Dr. Scott also supervised the development and implementation of new academic curricula, directed the on-going evaluation of the School’s courses and collaborated with the fellow academic deans to enhance opportunities and resources for current and future students. She currently serves as Owens’ Chairperson of the Student Learning Assessment Committee and is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees Community Partnership Standing Committee and the Foundations of Excellence Steering Committee.

Prior to working at Owens, Dr. Scott served as the Chair for the Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development at Central Michigan University for three years. While at Central Michigan, she was responsible for overseeing over 2,000 students as well as 39 full-time and 40 part-time faculty members. Dr. Scott also played a significant role in cultivating and furthering partnerships between Central Michigan and the area public schools, community colleges and educational service organizations.

Her professional and community involvement includes membership with the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the International Reading Association. Additionally, she is a Leadership Toledo Board member, an Ohio Board of Regents Transfer and Advisory Committee member, a Lourdes College Teacher Education Advisory Board member, a Bowling Green State University National Science Foundation Grant Internal Advisory Committee member and currently is serving as an Assessment Academy Reviewer for The Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association. Honored for her teaching excellence, Dr. Scott in 2004 received the Michigan Council for the Social Studies’ Outstanding Social Studies Teacher Educator for work at the collegiate level. In 2009, she was honored with the College’s Exemplary Administrator Award.

Dr. Scott received a bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies education from Calvin College and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Michigan State University. The Toledo resident holds a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Wayne State University.

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.