December 6, 2011

Owens Names New School of Technology Dean

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College has named Randy Wharton as the new Dean of the School of Technology. His responsibilities will include overseeing all academic programs, as well as various activities and instructional initiatives within the School.

In addition, his new position will entail supervising the development and implementation of new academic curricula, directing the on-going evaluation of the School’s courses and overseeing the assessment of student learning, articulation and transfer agreements, and the development of community partnerships to enhance educational opportunities and resources for current and future students.

“I am honored to be chosen as Owens Community College’s new Dean of the School of Technology,” said Wharton. “I look forward to advancing the School’s mission with the overall goal of serving the surrounding communities by providing highly skilled graduates that contribute to the future growth and development of the Northwest Ohio region.”

Since May 1999, Wharton has served as the College’s Chair of Design Technologies where has been responsible for the overall leadership of the department and its academic programs, including the recently approved Alternative Energy and Sustainable Systems Technology Program. Additionally, he provides oversight and guidance in the development, revision and enhancement of academic curricula, oversees departmental advisory committees and is continuously furthering collaborative efforts with area businesses and industry for the betterment of advancing higher education opportunities for students in Design Technologies. His campus involvement also includes serving on the College’s Curriculum Committee, Academic Standards Committee and the Ohio Board of Regents Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering Technology Faculty Transfer Assurance Guide Review Panel.

In addition to his current responsibilities as Design Technologies Chair, Wharton has served as the Co-Interim Dean of the School of Technology since April 2010.

Prior to his positions at Owens, he was U.S. Air Force ROTC Commandant of Cadets and Executive Officer for three years where he was responsible for training ROTC cadets to become future U.S. Air Force Officers. His responsibilities included providing leadership and guidance to cadets in the Leadership Laboratory where they are placed in a command structure similar to the U.S. Air Force active duty chain of command and assigned duties and responsibilities in the administrative operation of the cadet corps.

His professional and community involvement includes membership with the Technical Society of Toledo, the U.S. Green Building Council Northwest Ohio Chapter, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Rotary Club of Perrysburg. Wharton also has served as an Accreditation Evaluator for The Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering national organization.

The Perrysburg resident earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

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, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. 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