November 16, 2011

Owens Community College Names New Associate Vice Provost for Student Services and Enrollment Management

Dr. Cynthia SpiersPERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College has named Dr. Cynthia Spiers as the new Associate Vice Provost for Student Services and Enrollment Management. Her responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects related to the administrative leadership, coordination and development of initiatives within the academic institution’s student services division.

In addition, her new position will entail providing leadership and oversight of enrollment management and fostering enhanced student success opportunities and resources for the College’s diverse student body through the areas of student life and student enrollment.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Cynthia Spiers to Owens Community College in her new role as Associate Vice Provost for Student Services and Enrollment Management,” said Dr. Renay Scott, Vice President and Provost of Owens Community College. “Dr. Spiers is a visionary leader with over 20 years of progressive experience in higher education. She has successfully led efforts in advising, retention, recruitment and technological innovation, which resulted in the advancement of her academic institution’s growth and vitality. We look forward to her leadership, advocacy and commitment to enriching the lives of our current and future students by providing them a superior higher educational experience.”

Since July 2006, Spiers has served as the Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assistant to the President for Planning at Rhodes State College in Lima. In her position, she has served as a senior level executive responsible for the supervision of the offices of institutional research and assessment and quality improvement. Additionally, Spiers provides counsel and assistance to the college president for institutional strategic and master planning and serves as liaison to the Higher Learning Commission.

Previously, Spiers held the position of Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students at Rhodes State from 2004-06 where she provided leadership of enrollment management efforts collaboratively across the academic institution. Additionally, she oversaw the areas of admissions, financial aid, registration/records, student advising, career services, enrollment systems, disability services and veterans’ affairs. Her 18-year academic career at Rhodes State also includes serving as Dean of Student Development Education, Dean of Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions. Additionally during her tenure at Rhodes State, Spiers held Assistant Professor rank having taught while serving as Dean of Student Development Education.

Spiers’ professional involvement includes membership with the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Association of Institutional Research and the Society for College and University Planning. Spiers has also been engaged with the National Academic Advising Association and the National Council for Student Development. She currently serves as a North Central Accreditation Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

The Lima resident earned a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree in physical education from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate in higher education administration and leadership from Ohio University. Spiers also holds Integrated Planning Certification from the Society for College and University Planning Institute.

Owens Community College is an 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