April 2, 2008

Owens Community College Names New Dean of Academic Services

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College has named Tamara Williams as the new Dean of Academic Services. Her responsibilities will include assisting with all aspects related to the coordination and development of instructional programs and support services on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.

In addition to providing assistance in curriculum development, Williams will be responsible for special programs related to Outcomes Assessment, Tech Prep, the Weekend College, Post-Secondary Enrollment Options and the College’s satellite learning centers. She will also assist with Owens’ Program Review and Evaluation Process and Assessment of Learning Outcomes and work closely with the fellow academic deans to enhance educational opportunities and resources for current and future students.

“Owens Community College is honored to have Tamara Williams serving as the new Dean of Academic Services,” said Dr. Bruce Busby, Owens Vice President of Academic Services. “Tamara brings to the College a distinguished academic career and extensive knowledge and experience in higher education that will be invaluable as Owens continues to meet the needs of the surrounding communities through innovative academic programs and resources.”

Since August 2005, Williams has served as the Academic Dean of Career Education at Wayne County Community College District. While at Wayne County, she was responsible for the strategic direction and development of academic policies and programs for the academic institution. Her responsibilities also included providing leadership and coordination for all activities associated with Tech Prep, School-to-Work, Career Prep, Career Pathways and other related career development programs, as well as for the Program Review and Evaluation process. Additionally, Williams served as liaison officer with accrediting agencies and played an integral role in establishing articulation agreements with high schools and four-year academic institutions for Wayne County.

Prior to her position at Wayne County, Williams served as the Associate Director of Cooperative Education and Diversity Initiatives at the University of Toledo for six years, where she directed and coordinated student programs and developed and marketed cooperative education/career services to local and national industries.

Her professional and community involvement includes membership with the Michigan Occupational Dean’s Council, the Community College Leadership Team, the Ohio Cooperative Education Association, the Greater Toledo Urban League and Leadership Toledo. Williams also serves as an Ohio Reads tutor and a United Way and a Boys and Girls Club of Toledo volunteer.

The Toledo resident holds a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in Communications both from the University of Toledo. Williams is currently pursuing her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Toledo.

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. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College 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.