November 9, 2010

Owens Community College Names New Executive Vice President and Provost

Dr. Renay ScottPERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College has named Dr. Renay Scott as the academic institution’s new Executive Vice President and Provost. Scott has been serving as the College’s Interim Executive Vice President and Provost since January of this year.

Her responsibilities include overseeing the areas of Student Services, Academic Services and Workforce and Community Services. Additionally, Scott provides leadership for all aspects related to the coordination and development of initiatives related to enhancing educational opportunities and resources for current and future students as the College’s Chief Academic Officer.

“Owens Community College is honored to have Dr. Renay Scott serving as the academic institution’s new Executive Vice President and Provost,” said Dr. Larry McDougle, President of Owens Community College. “Dr. Scott is passionate about advancing Owens Community College’s higher educational mission and vision through excellence, innovation and collaboration. Her unwavering commitment and desire to impacting the lives of others has been instrumental in opening new doors to many innovative academic learning opportunities for our students. I look forward to her continued leadership as Owens Community College strengthens and advances higher education to meet the ever-changing needs of this region.”

“I am excited and honored to represent the faculty, staff and administration as their academic leader,” said Dr. Renay Scott, Executive Vice President and Provost of Owens Community College.

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. 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.

In September 2009, Scott was named the College’s Vice Provost and 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, Scott administered the College’s program review and assessment system and oversaw Owens’ faculty professional development plan, the Honors Program and service learning.

Since her arrival at Owens, Scott has been instrumental in leading the expansion of many technological advances and academic curriculum opportunities within the School of Arts and Sciences as well as assisting in the acquisition of millions of dollars in both private and public grants for educational programs and resources. In addition, she helped lead efforts in expanding higher education to the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and unveiling newly renovated Founders Hall and Heritage Hall buildings at the former Penta Career Center as part of the College’s ongoing campus expansion initiative. Also under Scott’s leadership, Owens is in the midst of refurbishing a new Welding Center, which will feature the latest in technological and academic resources specific to welding for several degree and certificate programs.

Other initiatives include the opening of a new Faculty Development Center on Toledo-area Campus and further enhancing educational services for students through the creation of an OServe area. In addition, a new Academic Achievement Scholarship Program was unveiled earlier this year as well as several new associate degree programs, including systems security and information assurance and commercial photography technology, under her direction and guidance.

Scott also has led a thorough analysis of the registered nursing program, as well as with all other academic programs, 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.

Prior to working at Owens, 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. 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, 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.

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.

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.