Update: Owens president resigns for health reasonsWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
The president of Owens Community College announced Sept. 20 he will step down Sept. 30 due to heart-related health reasons.
Larry McDougle has been president of Owens since June 2010 and before that served as interim president, starting in January 2010.
The 70-year-old said the decision to step down was difficult, but he feels it was the right one.
“I’m doing OK, but the nature [of the heart issue] is such that my doctor and my family and I are in agreement that it’s better if I step down,” McDougle told Toledo Free Press. “It is certainly one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my life. I am enjoying my time here at Owens. It has really been an interesting journey. There’s a lot of great people here at the college and the college has some really wonderful initiatives. It’s going to be really hard to say goodbye.”
John Satkowski, Owens executive vice president of business affairs and chief financial officer, has been appointed by the school’s board of trustees to serve as interim president, starting Oct. 1, until a new president can be found.
“John is a very capable man and he will provide excellent leadership,” McDougle said.
McDougle said he and his wife, who live in Napoleon, plan to stay in the area, where he’d like to find a part-time teaching position.
“I am able to work; I just don’t want the demands and the pressure of a college presidency,” McDougle said. “I want to do something to stay involved and keep my mind active and stay as young as I can. Prior to coming to Owens, I was teaching parttime at the University of Toledo and they have indicated they would like to have me come back, maybe teaching one or two nights per week. If that opportunity presents itself, that’s the sort of thing that would interest me.”