Owens Local community Faculty selects new president

Somerville is now the government vice president at Hawkeye Neighborhood Higher education in Iowa.

PERRYSBURG, Ohio — The Owens Community College board of trustees voted Wednesday to make Dr. Dione Somerville the institution’s eighth president.

The board designed the choice right after a five-thirty day period countrywide lookup. Somerville will start out June 15.

“It is with fantastic satisfaction that we welcome Dr. Dione Somerville to Owens Local community School as its 8th president,” mentioned Mary Beth Hammond, chair of the Owens board of trustees. “We seem forward to Dr. Somerville’s involvement with our college students, faculty, employees, group, and board of trustees. The board is self-assured that with her leadership, the college will go on to expand and prosper in northwest Ohio as a sturdy group spouse when assisting our students be geared up for productive and satisfying professions in the encompassing communities.” 

Somerville is now the government vice president at Hawkeye Group Higher education in Waterloo, Iowa. Her obligations incorporate foremost the COVID-19 response and enrollment attempts, and concentrating on variety and inclusion efforts.

“I am genuinely honored and humbled to be picked as president of Owens Group College,” Somerville claimed. “I benefit Owens’ legacy as an establishment that produces opportunity for its pupils and increased local community and will strive to further that tradition. I search ahead to performing in partnership with the students, college, staff, board of trustees, and the local community to go on Owens’ ahead momentum.” 

Somerville acquired a doctorate in Better Training Administration from the College of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in Higher education Pupil Staff from Bowling Inexperienced Condition College and a bachelor’s diploma in English/Producing from Ohio Northern University.

She’s common with northwest Ohio and states Owens by now has a wonderful basis. She designs to continue to nurture and expand partnerships in the community to further stay up to the mantra that Owens powers northwest Ohio.

“By partaking various stakeholders within and outside the house of the establishment is the greatest way to move ahead with that,” she explained, “and I consider it can be the greatest way we steer as a result of the pandemic.”

Local community schools nationwide have found a sharp lower in enrollment for the duration of the pandemic. Owens’ enrollment final spring was 9,396. It observed a 20% fall to all-around 7,437 this spring.

“It truly has disproportionately impacted lower-income students so we want to make certain that we just take the ways that we can to transform that trajectory around,” she additional.

Somerville states even in 2021, there continues to be a stigma all around local community schools. But she states she strategies to make it her intention to show some others the value local community colleges and better instruction have in our society.

“It is nonetheless the most reliable socio-financial motor vehicle for individuals to change their status in life,” she mentioned.

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