August 7, 2012

Owens Community College Names New School of Business Dean

Ann TheisPERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College has named Ann Theis as the new Dean of the School of Business. Her responsibilities will include overseeing all academic programs, as well as various activities and instructional initiatives within the School.

In addition, her 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.

“Owens Community College is pleased to welcome Ann Theis as the new Dean of the School of Business,” said Dr. Renay Scott, Owens Vice President and Provost. “Ann brings a visionary approach and a wealth of experience both from private business and higher education to the College. The School of Business is recognized nationally for its commitment to academic excellence. Her leadership will be invaluable in furthering the reputation of the College’s School of Business and opening new doors to higher education opportunities that benefit both our students and the region.”

Since September 1989, Theis has served as a faculty member in several different leadership positions within the Department of Business and Accountancy at Adrian College. During her tenure as a Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor, she has provided oversight in the development and implementation of academic course curriculum, including business applications for computers, management principles, production/operations management, information systems and project management, and supply chain management. Theis also supervises professional student internship opportunities and serves as an academic advisor for business students.

In addition to her teaching and advising roles, Theis has provided administrative leadership and guidance as Department Chair from 1997-2000, as President of the Faculty and President of the Adrian College Association of Professors. She also twice served as Associate Trustee to the Adrian College Board of Trustees and Chaired the Academic Policy and Assessment Committee. In 1999, Theis authored the Adrian College’s Self Study for the Higher Learning Commission resulting in a 10-year accreditation renewal for the academic institution.

Prior to her positions at Adrian College, Theis served as Director of Systems for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio from 1981-89 where she was responsible for providing leadership in the design, development and implementation of business computer systems for the organization.

Her accomplishments include being named to the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society for Business and Management and honored by the Mortar Board as an outstanding faculty member. In addition, Theis collaborated with fellow faculty members in authoring “Habits of Mind for College Students”.

The Toledo resident earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Denison University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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