December 22, 2009

Owens Community College Board of Trustees Announce Presidential Search Committee Representatives

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Seventeen individuals representing both the campus community and the surrounding communities have been chosen to serve on the Presidential Search Ad Hoc Committee and assist in the selection of the new Owens Community College President. The new Presidential Search Committee will be appointed to their leadership positions on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

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 Presidential Search 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. Presidential Search Committee members will also include Jim Geers, retired Vice President of Global Human Resources for Cooper Tire and Rubber Company and a member of the Owens Foundation Board of Directors; David Seeger, President and CEO of Great Lakes Credit Union Inc. and President of the Alumni Association; Barbara Brotzki, Owens student and Student Government Treasurer; Elisa Huss-Hage, Professor of Teacher Education and Human Services; Dr. Marian J. Moore, Instructor of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Janet Pinkelman, Associate Professor of Nursing; Eric Duling, Professor of Design Technologies; Wayne Seely, Associate Professor of Law Enforcement; Cleveland Henderson Jr., Adjunct Faculty member of First Year Experience in Center for Teaching and Learning; Tom Perin, Director of Organizational Performance and Accountability; Marie Vasquez-Brooks, Chair of Allied Health; Willie Williams, Director of the Learning Center at The Source; Tara Pope, Security Officer; and Veronica Herrera, Secretary in the School of Business and Information Systems.

“The Board of Trustees is extremely pleased to announce the group of individuals who will play an integral role in selecting the next leader of Owens Community College,” said Board of Trustees Chair Moore. “We have assembled an outstanding team with varied backgrounds and experiences, from both the campus community and the surrounding communities, to provide their diverse views and perspectives to the presidential search process. The Board of Trustees looks forward to a highly competitive search process with the ultimate goal of having a new Owens President in place in 2010.”

The responsibilities of the Presidential Search Committee will include assisting with the process for finalizing the presidential profile specific to the position announcement and description, reviewing applications, selecting and interviewing semi-final candidates and then forwarding recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Presidential Search Committee members will be appointed to their new positions on Wednesday, Jan. 6 as part of Presidential Search Open Forums facilitated by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Consultant Dr. Narcisa Polonio on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. The Presidential Search Open Forums are designed to allow Owens employees and community members the opportunity to share their thoughts related to the challenges and opportunities Owens must address in the next five to 10 years, as well as the background and experience, educational qualifications, and professional and personal characteristics that the Board of Trustees should seek in the next President.

The first Presidential Search Open Forum will occur from 1-2 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 123-128 on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens’ second Presidential Search Open Forum will take place from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in the Conference Center Room 111 on the Findlay-area Campus. The College’s Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township, while the Findlay-area Campus is on Bright Road in Findlay.

The Board of Trustees has enlisted the services of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to assist in conducting the presidential search. Founded in 1972, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a nonprofit educational organization of Board of Trustees of community, technical and junior colleges. ACCT’s purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical and junior colleges to realize their missions through effective Board of Trustee leadership, education and advocacy at local, state and national levels.

ACCT has a long and distinguished history of working with governing boards and providing executive search assistance to more than 300 community colleges. Based in Washington, D.C., ACCT is recognized nationally for its unique ability to provide comprehensive search assistance, recruitment on a diverse and quality pool of candidates, suggestions on process, and preparation of search materials and guidance to the Board of Trustees.

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