PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College Board of Trustees has ended its presidential search and selected Dr. Larry G. McDougle to serve as the academic institution’s new President. Dr. McDougle has been serving as the College’s Interim President since January of this year.
The Board of Trustees approved Dr. McDougle’s appointment as the fifth President in the 45-year history of Owens Community College during their regular June meeting. Both the Board of Trustees and Dr. McDougle have agreed to a one-year contract.
According to Owens Community College Board of Trustees Chair Dee Talmage, the Presidential Search Committee was planning to reconvene in June to review additional applications, however, after receiving overwhelming feedback from the College’s campus community as well as community members in support of Dr. McDougle and his leadership the decision was made to end the search.
“During the past six months, Dr. Larry McDougle’s leadership and experience has been integral in bringing the Owens Community College campus community together and moving the academic institution forward during challenging times,” stated Board of Trustees Chair Talmage.
She added, “The Northwest Ohio region as well as the state and country are currently experiencing economic hardship and instability that has not been seen in decades, which has thrust the role of higher education into the national spotlight. Colleges and universities must continue to adapt to the changing times in order to prepare a highly trained and highly skilled workforce. Dr. McDougle is well-respected among educational and community leaders nationwide and is committed to the College’s mission of serving our students. He is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and the right person to lead Owens Community College.”
“I look forward to continuing to work with Dr. McDougle as Owens Community College works to meet the educational needs of students in Northwest Ohio,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut. “His experience and commitment to education and to Owens Community College is invaluable to the University System of Ohio.”
Ohio Association of Community Colleges President Dr. Ronald Abrams, extended congratulations to both Dr. McDougle and Owens Community College. “Larry is a true friend and advocate of community colleges and has displayed an unwavering commitment to higher education throughout his years of service,” Dr. Abrams said. “His measured approach to leading a community college, along with his wealth of knowledge and experience, will continue to prove beneficial for Owens and the surrounding community.”
“Owens Community College has a long and proud tradition of providing a superior educational experience through excellence, innovation and collaboration and I embrace this opportunity to serve the students, faculty and staff as the academic institution’s new President,” said Dr. Larry McDougle, President of Owens Community College.
President McDougle added, “Higher education plays a vital role in our region’s economic development, vitality and productivity. In order for Northwest Ohio to be successful, businesses, industry and academic institutions alike must strengthen our partnerships to compete in today’s global economy. I foresee even more collaborations ahead as Owens Community College will remain ambitious in its pursuit of opening new doors to higher educational opportunities.”
Since becoming the College’s Interim President in January, McDougle has worked tirelessly to reach out and engage Owens faculty, staff and students, as well as community and educational partners, with the purpose of advancing higher education for area residents throughout Northwest Ohio and beyond. Under his leadership, the College has expanded educational opportunities to Arrowhead Park in Maumee and unveiled a new Learning Center, as well as opened the doors to a newly renovated Founders Hall. The College is currently in the midst of refurbishing Heritage Hall at the former Penta Career Center as part of Owens’ ongoing campus expansion initiative.
Other initiatives include the opening of a new Faculty Development Center on Toledo-area Campus, as well as announcing plans for a new wind turbine and solar array on the Findlay-area Campus. Additionally, Owens recently began the implementation of a new Energy Strategic Plan, which is projected to annually reduce energy by over 20 percent once the initiative is fully operational, and further enhanced educational services for students through the creation of an OServe area. In addition, a new Academic Achievement Scholarship Program was unveiled in March. The program is designed to provide graduating high school students achieving academic excellence at the highest level the opportunity to pursue a free college education.
Also under President McDougle’s leadership, a thorough analysis of the registered nursing program, as well as with all other academic programs, has and will continue to take place to ensure that a situation involving the loss of accreditation with an academic program does not happen again. A new review process is now in place for all academic programs. Additionally, the School of Nursing is currently working diligently on regaining NLNAC registered nursing program accreditation with the overall goal of becoming an elite school for nursing in Ohio and beyond.
President 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. President 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, President McDougle served as Academic Dean of Instruction in the Community and Technical College of the University of Toledo from 1984-91.
Since his retirement, President 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.
President 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, President 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, President 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 has 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.
President 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. President McDougle succeeds Dr. Christa Adams, who retired Jan. 1, after having served as President of Owens Community College since July 2001.
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.