September 13, 2012

Owens Community College Honors Retiring Board of Trustees Members

Board of Trustees Honored

Retiring Owens Board of Trustees (L to R) R J Molter and Allan Libbe pose for a photo with Board Chair Dee Talmage following the College’s recent Board of Trustees meeting.

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College Board of Trustees members Allan J. Libbe of Perrysburg and R J Molter of Woodville were recently honored for their combined 60 years of service and commitment to the academic institution and the Board of Trustees. Both Libbe and Molter are retiring at the end of their terms and were recognized at the College’s recent Board of Trustees meeting.

“Words cannot begin to express the Owens Community College Board of Trustees’ appreciation to Allan Libbe and R J Molter,” said Dee Talmage, Chair of the Owens Community College Board of Trustees. “Allan and R J have been instrumental in impacting the lives of thousands of students through their leadership and support of higher education. On behalf of Owens Community College and the Board of Trustees, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to both of them.”

Initially appointed to the Board of Trustees in September 1992, Libbe is one of three founders of Rudolph/Libbe in 1955 and now serves as Secretary/Treasurer of Rudolph/Libbe Companies. He earned a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science degree from Bowling Green State University.

During his Board of Trustees tenure, Libbe served as Board Chair (1996-97) and Vice Chair (1993-95) and was a member of the Finance Committee (2001-12). He also has held membership on the Owens Community College Foundation Board, prior to and since its incorporation in 2002.

A graduate of the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, Molter serves as a Staff Pharmacist at Pills & Packages Pharmacy and is the former Co-Owner of M & M Pharmacy in Woodville. He was initially appointed to the College’s Board of Trustees in June 1972.

Molter’s involvement on the College’s Board of Trustees includes serving as Board Chair (1974-77) (1998-99) and Vice Chair (1986-89) (1996-97) (2011). Additionally, he assisted in the establishment of the Ohio Technical and Community College Association Directory of Trustees. The state organization is now known as the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, which represents Ohio’s 23 community colleges.

Molter has served with five of the College’s six presidents and provided leadership in the growth and development of Owens Community College from a technical college to a comprehensive state community college and from 25 acres to more than 400 acres, including expansion to Hancock County and Lucas County. He also has witnessed approximately 30,133 diplomas conferred upon Owens graduates.

The College’s Board of Trustees is comprised of eight community leaders from Lucas, Wood, Hancock and Sandusky counties who are appointed by the Governor of Ohio.

Owens Board of Trustees members include Diana H. (Dee) Talmage of Ottawa Hills, H. Richard Rowe of Findlay, Allan J. Libbe of Perrysburg, Dr. Ronald A. McMaster of Perrysburg, R J Molter of Woodville, Edwin J. Nagle of Toledo, William E. Takacs of Toledo and Thomas R. Uhler of Rossford.

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