October 17, 2013


PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, Oct. 16, 2013 – Mike Bower, Ph.D., president of Owens Community College, has been elected president of the Council of North Central Two-Year Colleges, a 19-state organization with over 349 institutional members. It is the second largest organization of two-year colleges in the United States.

“To be asked to serve in this position is a privilege,” said Mike Bower, Ph.D., president of Owens Community College. “Presiding over this council will help positions Owens as a leading institution, on a regional and national stage, in the collaboration with other two-year colleges to improve programs and services offered to students.”

The organization works with The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the largest accrediting body under the Department of Education, in the promotion of standards, practices, and policies for two-year colleges in the North Central Region, which encompasses Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The HLC accredits over 1000 institutions of higher education. Of that almost 200 institutions, of which Owens is one, are accepted into the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), an alternative evaluation process for organizations already accredited by the Commission.

Bower is the sixth President and Chief Executive Officer of Owens Community College, and he began his appointment on July 1, 2012. He is an experienced educator and dedicated to advancing higher education. He earned an Associate Degree of Applied Science in automotive technology from Vincennes University, Indiana, his Bachelor of Science in industrial technology from Indiana State University, his Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, and his Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Education, Administration, Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska.

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.