June 13, 2013

Ohio Association of Community Colleges Honors Owens Board of Trustees Member With State Award

OACC Grady Award

OACC Chairman Matt Smith (L to R), Owens Board of Trustees member Dee Talmage and OACC Director of Operations Leah Dickinson pose for a photo following the award ceremony.

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College Board of Trustees member Diana H. (Dee) Talmage of Ottawa Hills has been chosen by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) to receive the Maureen C. Grady Award for Special Achievement for her outstanding commitment to the local community and higher education.

Talmage was recently honored for her exemplary efforts to Ohio’s community colleges during the OACC’s annual Excellence Awards Gala in Columbus. The Excellence Awards were established by the OACC with the overall goal of providing an opportunity for the state’s 23 community colleges to honor individuals and organizations for their exemplary contributions.

“Dee Talmage exemplifies the dedicated community college trustee and she is so deserving of this award from her peers,” said Dr. Ronald Abrams, President of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, which presents the annual award as part of the organization’s Excellence Awards. “We at the OACC look forward to Dee’s continued service with the organization as a leader and example to other community college trustees around this great state.”

First presented to its namesake in 1994, the Maureen C. Grady Award for Special Achievement recognizes the extraordinary leadership and contributions of those trustees who receive the award. Serving as an example for all trustees to emulate, Grady has dedicated much of her life to furthering the mission of community colleges in Ohio and throughout the nation. A former trustee of Clark State Community College, Grady also served as the first Chairperson for the OACC from 1993-94. In addition to her work at the state level, Grady served on the boards of both the American Association of Community College and the Association of Community College Trustees. Trustees who have been selected as award recipients embody the qualities and characteristics Grady has demonstrated during her years of service.

Initially appointed to the College’s Board of Trustees in November 2002, Talmage, a retired educator and former school board member, has held several leadership positions at the K-12 and higher education levels. Her professional and community involvement includes membership with the American Red Cross, the Toledo Hospital Foundation and TARTA. Additionally, she serves as a Secretary on the Owens Foundation Board of Directors and holds membership on the College’s Academic Quality Improvement Program Planning Council.

Talmage’s advocacy for higher education also includes developing and chartering the Board of Trustees’ Student Life Committee for the purpose of recognizing Owens students for their academic achievements, community engagement, volunteerism, student life involvement and student leadership. In addition, Talmage is dedicated to furthering the community college mission through her service and leadership on the OACC committees for governance, development and the Executive Board, most recently serving as the association’s Chair-Elect. She recently was inducted into the Ottawa Hills Hall of Fame.

She received her master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Toledo and a bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University.

The OACC was founded with the overall mission of advancing and implementing initiatives that work to ensure the success of the more than 300,000 community college students in Ohio. Rooted in the belief that every person should have access to a high quality college education, the OACC supports the mission of the state’s 23 community colleges to provide programming in technical education, lower-division baccalaureate education, developmental education and continuing education in the local communities.

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 www.owens.edu.