December 15, 2008

Ohio Governor Reappoints Community Leader to Owens Board of Trustees Position

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has reappointed Diana H. (Dee) Talmage of Toledo to the Owens Community College Board of Trustees. Talmage will serve a six-year term on the College’s Board of Trustees ending in 2014.

“Owens Community College has an outstanding group of Board of Trustees members who value the importance of providing access to a quality college education and the many benefits of lifelong learning,” said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College. “Dee Talmage’s passion for students, higher education and making our communities better places to live reinforces her involvement and belief in the mission of Owens Community College. We are very fortunate to have Ms. Talmage’s dedication and leadership on our Board of Trustees.”

Talmage was initially appointed to the College’s Board of Trustees in November 2002. A retired educator and former school board member, she has held several leadership positions at the K-12 and higher education levels. Her professional and community involvement includes board-level membership for the American Red Cross, Lucas County, Think College Now, TARTA and the Lucas County Children Services. In 2006, she was named the recipient of an ATHENA Award, which is presented annually by the Toledo Chamber of Commerce to honor professional excellence, community service and those who help other women. A Toledo resident, Talmage 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.

In addition to serving as Owens’ Board of Trustees Vice Chair since February 2008, Talmage holds the position of Secretary on the College’s Foundation Board of Directors.

The College’s Board of Trustees is comprised of seven community leaders from Lucas, Wood, Hancock and Sandusky counties who are appointed by the Governor of Ohio for six-year terms.

In addition to Talmage, Owens Board of Trustees members include John G. Ault of Perrysburg, Allan J. Libbe of Perrysburg, Dr. Ronald A. McMaster of Perrysburg, R J Molter of Woodville, John C. Moore of Holland and H. Richard Rowe of Findlay.

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