Owens Neighborhood College or university Names New President

The Owens Local community Higher education Board of Trustees has chosen Dr. Dione Somerville as the college’s new president.

Specifics are in the subsequent news release from the college or university.


Subsequent a five-thirty day period nationally marketed look for by AGB search, the board of trustees for Owens Neighborhood Higher education has named Dr. Dione Somerville the institution’s new president. The appointment was declared pursuing todays board conference. Her commence day is scheduled for June 15.

“It is with excellent pleasure that we welcome Dr. Dione Somerville to Owens Local community College or university as its 8th president,” stated Mary Beth Hammond, chair, Owens Board of Trustees. “We glance forward to Dr. Somerville’s involvement with our pupils, school, staff members, community, and Board of Trustees. The Board is self-assured that with her leadership, the College or university will continue on to expand and prosper in Northwest Ohio as a sturdy group spouse though encouraging our learners be geared up for productive and worthwhile careers in the bordering communities.”

Dr. Somerville began her 27-calendar year career in increased instruction as the assistant director, Campus Programming at Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio, ahead of having management positions at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Lorain County Neighborhood Higher education, Iowa Point out College, Bloomsburg College and Hawkeye Neighborhood College or university.

Her most the latest posture was as govt vice president at Hawkeye Local community Higher education. Amongst her achievements, she leads the college’s COVID-19 response, together with serving to give management to Tutorial Affairs in the course of the 6-month emptiness of the provost position. Duties also include things like top enrollment attempts, range, equity, and inclusion initiatives, strategic scheduling, and building a Division of Pupil Affairs. Prior to Hawkeye, Dr. Somerville was vice president for student affairs at Bloomsburg College. In this posture, she presented management for Bloomsburg’s regional accreditation and the generation of the universitys initially Division of Strategic Enrollment Management. She envisioned the scholar wellness initiative, concentrating on psychological wellness and dependency on liquor and other medications. Dr. Somerville delivered management to develop the Middle for Management and Engagement, Heart for Range and Inclusion, modernize Greek Existence, increase intercollegiate athletics, facilitate assessment, and finish fundraising endeavours. Dr. Somerville oversaw the College Learn Prepare system, the revitalization of college housing, and the completion of Soltz Hall, a $61.4 million multi-perform making inclusive of the mailroom, bookstore, integrative mastering, two dining venues, and virtually 400 suite-model beds.

“I am actually honored and humbled to be picked as president of Owens Community College or university,” said Dr. Somerville. “I benefit Owens’ legacy as an establishment that makes prospect for its college students and larger community and will attempt to even further that tradition. I appear ahead to doing work in partnership with the college students, school, team, Board of Trustees, and the local community to keep on Owens forward momentum.”

Dr. Somerville gained a doctorate in Greater Training Management from the University of Pennsylvania, a masters degree in Higher education University student Staff from Bowling Inexperienced State University, and a bachelors degree in English/Crafting from Ohio Northern College. She was a Fellow at the Association of Governing Boards Institute for Management and Governance in its inaugural yr. She also participated in the Harvard College Institute for Instruction Administration and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Institute.

She has been extremely lively in her neighborhood group, owning served on the Geisinger Bloomsburg Healthcare facility Community Advisory Board, the City of Ames Pupil Affairs Fee, and Ames Police Local community Relations Advisory Committee.