September 25, 2008

Owens Community College Announces 2008-09 Leadership Academy Program Participants

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College is broadening leadership among its employees by announcing the participants of the fifth annual Leadership Academy program. Fifteen of the College’s employees have been chosen by their peers to participate in the program, which is dedicated to fostering personal and professional growth.

The Owens Leadership Academy program participants for the 2008-09 academic year are:

  • Jodi Bixler of Risingsun, Administrative Assistant for Safety and Security
  • Marna Cousino of Perrysburg, Manager of Special Events
  • Kristine Flickinger of Delta, Associate Professor of Surgical Technologies
  • Jim Gilmore of Whitehouse, Chair of Manufacturing and Industrial Operations Technology
  • Jennifer Hazel of Toledo, Instructor of English
  • Amy Karlovec of Bowling Green, Manager for Creative Services
  • Dave Matheny of Maumee, Assistant Professor of Transportation Technologies and Owens Faculty Association President
  • Gail McCain of Perrysburg, Manager of Findlay-area Campus Library
  • Kathy Overmyer of Waterville, Accounts Payable Specialist
  • Jim Perry of Perrysburg, Assistant Professor of Math
  • Cathy Pratt of Perrysburg, Instructor of Communications and Humanities
  • Mariann Reiter of Deshler, Manager of Procurement
  • Michael Schmitz of Waterville, Bus Driver and Custodian
  • Lucie Shetzer of Bowling Green, Instructor of English
  • Carol Supinski of Northwood, Registration Services Specialist

“The Owens Leadership Academy represents an investment in Owens employees, its mission and its vision for the future,” said Verne Walker, Owens Assistant Dean of Students in Findlay and Co-Advisor of the Leadership Academy.

Gretchen Carroll, Owens Professor of Business Technology and Co-Advisor of the Leadership Academy added, “As Owens continues to heighten its leadership capacity, this unique program creates new opportunities for employees to enhance their skills and make a difference within the College, the surrounding communities and in their own personal lives.”

Nationally recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges, the Owens Leadership Academy program was established with the overall mission of developing each member’s leadership ability for the improvement of self, the College and the community. Underlining this broad-based program is the belief that leadership can be developed and cultivated from within and at various levels of the College. The program is designed to provide individuals with unique perspectives on leadership theory, institutional culture, vision sharing, decision-making and how interpersonal skills shape leadership behaviors.

Employees participating in this nine-month program were chosen following a competitive selection and individual interviews with the Owens Leadership Academy Advising Council. All Owens full-time faculty, staff and administrators were eligible to submit an application for the Owens Leadership Academy program.

Selection criteria for the Owens Leadership Academy recipients is based upon an employee’s exemplary record of performance in their respective area, strong and continuous involvement in the College and community, and proven leadership ability or strong potential capacity. In addition, individuals must demonstrate continuous efforts for self-improvement and a strong sense of personal commitment to the program.

The content of the program curriculum is both knowledge- and skills-based. In the coming months, Owens Leadership Academy members will participate in a variety of seminars, including an intensive residential program. An important component of the program is the group project that focuses on issues important to the College. The group project will represent the pinnacle of this leadership enhancing experience. Participants will have the opportunity to put into practice their new knowledge and skills and come up with solutions to real problems that can benefit the College. Members also will learn how to assess their own leadership skills and create individual plans for personal and professional growth.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be honored during a special ceremony that distinguishes each individual as a Leadership Fellow. In addition, graduating members will be awarded a pin in recognition of successful program completion. To date, 65 Owens employees have gone through the program.

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