December 21, 2009

Owens Community College Board of Trustees Name Dr. Larry G. McDougle Interim President

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Larry G. McDougle to serve as Interim President. Dr. McDougle will formally assume the new responsibilities Jan. 1. The Board of Trustees recently announced that a national search for the new President of Owens Community College is underway and will continue in 2010.

The national search is being conducted to succeed Dr. Christa Adams, who has announced she will retire Jan. 1, after having served as President of Owens Community College since July 2001. The presidential search process is being led by Owens Board of Trustees Chair John C. Moore, who is serving as Chair of the yet-to-be-named Presidential Search Ad Hoc Committee. Individuals already appointed by Board of Trustees Chair Moore to the committee are Board of Trustees Vice Chair Diana H. Talmage and Board of Trustees Immediate Past Chair Dr. Ronald A. McMaster.

“Dr. Larry McDougle is highly respected among higher education and community leaders within the Northwest Ohio region and beyond,” said John C. Moore, Board of Trustees Chair of Owens Community College. “He is the ideal person to lead Owens Community College and build on this academic institution’s mission and vision of providing a superior educational experience through excellence, innovation and collaboration.”

Board of Trustees Chair Moore added, “Dr. McDougle is also well aware that as with any academic institution there are challenges and the Board of Trustees is confident in his ability to work through those challenges and position and elevate Owens to the next level of academic excellence. The Board of Trustees is now focusing its full and undivided attention on conducting a national search to select the next leader of Owens Community College.”

“I am honored to accept this position as Interim President of Owens Community College and look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students as well as the community partners and helping our students reach their highest educational goals and career ambitions,” said Dr. Larry McDougle, Interim President of Owens Community College.

Dr. McDougle brings to Owens more than 40 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member and administrator in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and South Carolina. Dr. McDougle was named the fourth President of Northwest State Community College in 1991 and retired as President Emeritus in 2003. During his tenure, Northwest State doubled in size, both in terms of enrollment and physical plant. Additionally, Dr. McDougle served as Academic Dean of Instruction in the Community and Technical College of the University of Toledo from 1984-91.

Since his retirement, Dr. McDougle has been a part-time faculty member in the University of Toledo Higher Education program, which is designed to prepare students for positions as college administrators. His professional background also includes serving as a tenured Professor at Indiana University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the University of Toledo.

Dr. McDougle has received many honors to include an Honorary Doctor of Educational Leadership in 1998 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009, both from the University of Findlay. In 1996, he received the Philip J. Rusche Distinguished Service Award from the University of Toledo College of Education and Allied Professions. Two years later, Dr. McDougle was awarded the John C. Hoyt Outstanding Employment and Training Leadership Award from the Toledo Area Private Industry Council.

In addition, he is the author of more than 60 articles, which have been published in a variety of professional journals, and has been invited to make presentations at more than 150 state, regional and national conferences.

Nationally, Dr. McDougle has held Board of Directors-level positions with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Membership Advisory Council of NFPA, the Midwest Society for Human Resources/Industrial Relations Chapter of the Midwest Business Administration Association and the Membership Committee of the American Technical Education Association (ATEA).

In Ohio, he served on the Ohio Board of Regents Advisory Committee on Service Achievement and has been a member of the Board of Trustees for Mercy College of Northwest Ohio, the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development (NORED), the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) and the Henry County Business Advisory Council.

Dr. McDougle earned a doctorate in higher education from the University of Toledo. The Napoleon resident holds a master’s degree in physics from Kent State University and a bachelor’s degree in math-physics from the University of Findlay.

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