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Owens Community College announces 3 finalists for search for president


PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, March 25, 2021: The Owens Community College Board of Trustees’ President Search Ad Hoc Committee has announced three finalists in the national search for the next president are invited to meet the college community and interview with the Board of Trustees.  


Facilitated with AGB Search, the Board “seeks a candidate with outstanding leadership qualities, proven success leading dynamic complex organizations and a demonstrated ability to build partnerships with key stakeholders.” 


The three candidates are scheduled for virtual campus visits the week of March 29, with open forums for the community, faculty, staff, and students.  The three finalists for consideration


Brandon Roderick Tucker – He currently serves as the associate vice president of Workforce & Community Development at Washtenaw Community College, Michigan. Tucker leads the College's efforts to connect with industry and community to develop opportunities and partnerships that support enrollment, apprenticeships, workforce development, and alternative revenue goals. In this role, he has direct responsibility for the departments of Workforce & Community Development, Career Transitions, Public Service Training, College and Career Readiness, Corporate and Community Engagement and Advanced Transportation, a unique college-wide initiative comprised of academic and non-credit stakeholders that have positioned the College to be a state-wide leader in training for the field of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.


He previously served as the academic dean for the Advanced Technology & Public Services Careers division, one of the most diverse academic units. In this role, Tucker served as the academic and administrative leader for the Division which has nearly 2,000 students in both associate degree and certificate program areas, including Automotive Services, Auto Body Repair, Advanced Manufacturing, Construction Technology, Welding & Fabrication, HVAC, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, and the Police Academy.  


Laura J. Treanor – She currently serves as the provost at Vincennes University, Indiana. Throughout her 30-year career, Treanor has served as an exemplary innovator and transformative leader who has developed high-impact teams, heralded new programs and services and championed academic quality.  


During her leadership at Vincennes University, the institution was notified of its eligibility for two Aspen Prize Awards that are based on improvements in graduation rates, student success and equitable student success:  The Community College Excellence and Excellence and Equity in Community College STEM awards.  Under her leadership, transfer partnerships have increased and year-over-year growth in dual credit partnerships have also increased. She oversees two of the most successful work-based learning programs in Southwest Indiana:  the Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program and the Amazon Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program.  The most recent partnership being forged is in cooperation with two local school districts and a regional development foundation:  The launch of an Online Early College model designed to make College more accessible to students.   


Dione Dorsey Somerville – She serves as executive vice president at Hawkeye Community College, Iowa. Among her accomplishments, she leads the College's COVID-19 response, including helping provide leadership to Academic Affairs during the 6-month vacancy of the provost position.  Responsibilities also include leading enrollment efforts, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, strategic planning, and creating a Division of Student Affairs. Prior to Hawkeye, Somerville was vice president for student affairs at Bloomsburg University.

Among her accomplishments, she provided leadership for Bloomsburg's regional accreditation, creating the university's first Division of Strategic Enrollment Management, and envisioned the student wellness initiative, with a particular focus on mental health and dependency on alcohol and other drugs.   Somerville provided leadership to create the Center for Leadership and Engagement, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, modernize Greek Life, expand intercollegiate athletics, facilitate assessment, and complete fundraising efforts.  Somerville provided leadership during the University Master Plan process, the revitalization of university housing, and the completion of Soltz Hall, a $61.4 million multi-function building inclusive of the mailroom, bookstore, integrative learning, two dining venues, and nearly 400 suite-style beds. 

Additional information about the Owens President Search, including finalists’ bios and the open forum schedule, can be found by visiting http://www.owens.edu/president-search




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