Dr. Adams’ capstoneWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | firstname.lastname@example.org
As a member of the Owens Community College Foundation Board, I have seen firsthand the remarkable dedication and talent of the college’s president, Dr. Christa Adams.
The announcement this week that Dr. Adams will move up her retirement date to Jan. 1 marks the end of an era of growth and expansion that has made Owens a major player in post-secondary education.
The sour notes of a nursing accreditation snafu does not erase or overpower Dr. Adams’ accomplishments.
Owens Community College reported a number of Dr. Adams’ accomplishments in a Dec. 8 news release:
- Enrollment has increased from 17,000 students in 2001 to more than 23,000 during the current 2009 fall term.
- Academic programs in the classroom and online have expanded in a wide range of high-demand fields to meet business and industry needs.
- A shared leadership model has been established among the campus community.
- The Owens Foundation was incorporated and the College’s Alumni Association was advanced.
- The college has acquired millions of dollars in public and private grants to enhance educational opportunities for students.
- Dr. Adams’ advocacy at the state and federal levels has helped to ensure ongoing funding support for the academic institution.
- In 2007, an Owens Learning Center opened at The Source in Downtown Toledo.
Capital improvements projects included:
- A new Center for Fine and Performing Arts.
- A relocated Findlay-area campus.
- A new Center for Emergency Preparedness, the only state-of-the-art complex of its kind in the Midwest.
- The former Penta Career Center is currently under renovation;
- The college is expanding its educational opportunities to Arrowhead Park in Maumee for the upcoming spring term.
One of the highlights of Dr. Adams’ tenure is the Success Program, which she helped expand with a $10,000 donation. That program helps student close the gaps between tuition costs and available state and federal funds.
A national search is under way to replace Owens’ first female president, but of course, “replace” is a poor choice of words. There is a tremendous amount of opportunity and potential for Owens, and its next president will have a lot of work to do to maintain Dr. Adams’ trajectory.
Dr. Adams refers to her Owens experience as a “capstone” in her career, but my wish for her is a tremendous future no matter what she chooses to do next.
I join the Owens community in thanking Dr. Adams for her service, energy and dedication.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press. Contact him at email@example.com.
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