June 5, 2006

Owens Findlay-area Campus Strengthens Leadership

FINDLAY – Owens Community College is strengthening its leadership on the Findlay-area Campus by naming Verne Walker, director of Enrollment Service, as the new assistant dean of Students. In addition, Angie McGinnis, former Enrollment Services representative, becomes the new director of Enrollment Services.

“Verne and Angie are outstanding leaders who share Owens’ commitment to excellence in higher education,” said Judy Ennis, Owens executive dean of the Findlay-area Campus. “Both individuals have been instrumental in helping achieve the College’s mission of serving its students and surrounding communities. The Owens Findlay-area Campus has a bright future with endless opportunities for collaboration throughout Northwest Ohio. Verne and Angie will have a significant impact on this College’s educational future.”

Verne Walker
Walker joined Owens in 1997. Since then, he has held numerous positions including Advising representative, coordinator of Advising, assistant director of Enrollment Services and director of Enrollment Services. In his new position as assistant dean, he will be responsible for providing leadership to a wide variety of offices such as Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, the Testing Center and Student Life, as well as the Bookstore and the Bursar’s Office. Additionally as the assistant dean, Walker will be responsible for handling all student questions and concerns related to policy, procedure, College practices and customer service.

At Owens, Walker also serves as the co-director for the Owens Leadership Academy and is a member of several committees including AQIP, Food Service, College Planning Council and Findlay Strategic Planning, among others.

Prior to working at Owens, Walker served as a residence life director at Bowling Green State University in the Student Housing and Residence Services (SHARP) office where he developed a residential community for 300 undergraduate students.

Walker is involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and is a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), the Ohio Academic Advising Association (OHAAA), the Ohio Association of College Admissions Counselors (OACAC), the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) and Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society.

Walker earned an associate degree from Muskegon Community College, a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Central Michigan University and a master’s in higher education administration with a focus on college student personnel from the University of Toledo. Currently, he is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration at the University in Toledo. Walker resides in Arlington.

Angie McGinnis
McGinnis joined the College as a part-time Admissions representative on the Toledo-area Campus in 2001. Two years later, she joined the Findlay-area Campus as a full-time Enrollment Services representative. In her former positions, she was responsible for assisting students achieve their professional and personal goals by providing advising and guidance through the enrollment process. Additionally, she was instrumental in producing and directing an orientation program for Findlay-area Campus students, organizing the Greater Hancock County College Night and editing an e-newsletter for all area high school guidance counselors.

As director of Enrollment Services, she will be responsible for supervising College advisors, the student outreach specialist and receptionist, as well as overseeing all admissions, advising and orientation functions on the Findlay-area Campus.

Prior to joining Owens, McGinnis worked at Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services for five years. There, she served as an income maintenance caseworker and a children services investigator where she determined eligibility for public assistance and investigated allegations of child abuse and neglect, respectively.

Her community and professional involvement includes serving on the Hancock County Area Read for Life committee and as coordinator of the College’s Adopt-A-Road and the Salvation Army Angel Tree programs. Last year, McGinnis’ leadership was recognized with acceptance into the Owens Leadership Academy.

McGinnis earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Spanish from Hiram College. A resident of Kansas, she holds a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers baccalaureate transfer degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 150 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.