December 9, 2008

Owens Community College Names New Director of Disability Services

Sue Emerine

Sue Emerine

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College has named Sue Emerine as the new Director of Disability Services. Her responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects related to the administrative leadership, coordination and development of initiatives related to the delivery of support services for students with disabilities on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.

Emerine will also be responsible for providing leadership for the Office of Disability Services and ensuring that each individual has access to the academic institution’s many programs and services. Among the accommodations available to students include alternative test modifications, textbooks in an alternative format, and adaptive equipment and software. Additionally, Emerine will serve as a liaison to various community agencies to provide coordination and assure availability of services at Owens.

“Sue Emerine brings to Owens Community College’s Office of Disability Services over 20 years of leadership experience in social service and non-profit organizations, as well as a wealth of knowledge in promoting and advocating for barrier-free environments for people with disabilities,” said Dr. Bill Ivoska, Owens Vice President of Student Services. “I am proud to welcome Sue to her new position as Director of Disability Services and confident that she will continue the College’s longstanding tradition and commitment to ensuring equal learning opportunities for our students.”

Emerine joined the College in June 2003 as a Disability Services Representative. In that position, she worked directly with students on interpreting appropriate disability documentation and determining accommodations. Emerine also assisted Owens employees in identifying needs and resources for students and helped students in advocacy and other disability related issues. Since July 2008, she has held the position of Interim Director of Disability Services at Owens.

Prior to working at Owens, Emerine served as a Case Manager at the Lucas County Board of Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities and as a Program Coordinator at The Ability Center of Greater Toledo.

The Maumee resident holds a master’s degree in community agency counseling from the University of Toledo and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bowling Green State University. Additionally, Emerine is a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability.

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