McDougle’s legacyWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | email@example.com
Almost exactly two years to the day after he assumed the leadership role at Owens Community College, president Larry McDougle will leave for another try at retirement.
Two years may not be long enough to carve the legacy of a decade-long tenure, but there are several advances and triumphs McDougle has earned credit for. First, he came out of retirement to help Owens when it needed him. Taking control during an uncertain time in the wake of the departures of President Christa Adams and Provost Paul Unger, McDougle kept calm and stability in his “cabinet” and ensured a smooth transition.
He also helped focus the ongoing efforts to address the state of Owens’ nursing program, which lost its accreditation from the National League for Nursing (NLN) in July 2009. The school’s candidacy for reinstatement has been approved and it is more than halfway through the multi-step process to realize that goal.
He has overseen the successful opening of a satellite campus at Arrowhead Park in Maumee. Owens continues to work with The Source of NW Ohio, which aids job hunters through education.
Owens’ Findlay campus continues to grow, as does the school’s commitment to alternative energy.
As a member of the Owens Community College Foundation Board, I echo the comments of Dee Talmage, chairwoman of the Owens Community College Board of Trustees: “President Dr. Larry McDougle’s leadership has been invaluable in furthering Owens Community College’s mission and vision of providing a superior academic experience through excellence, innovation and collaboration,” she said. “The Board of Trustees looks forward to continuing to work with President McDougle to meet the educational needs of students throughout the Northwest Ohio region in the coming year and receiving his guidance during the search process for the next President of Owens Community College.”
In a 2010 Toledo Free Press profile on McDougle, writer Michael Stainbrook related this story: “The president demonstrated [the many elements of leadership] with a multicolored ball he once bought for his grandchildren. The ball initially comprised many spikes joined only at the center. But McDougle then reshaped the ball to reveal a web of interconnected points without a central core.
‘It’s more conducive to free flow of information‚ he said. ‘I focus on the nursing program, but it’s not my only piece by any means’’.’
We wish McDougle many years of teaching his grandchildren such lessons and thank him for the service and lessons he has given us.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.