New Webpage Commemorates President Owens’ First 100 Days | Community


PERRYSBURG – Owens Community College highlights several milestones in the first 100 days of its President’s tenure with the launch of a new webpage.

The page features a post from Dione D. Somerville and signature moments at Ownes. Gathering feedback from students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni, retirees and community leaders, has been a top priority.

“A vital contribution during my first 100 days and beyond will shape the roadmap we will build upon as we proudly and optimistically renew our vision for the future,” Somerville wrote in a letter posted on the Web page.

Among the milestones included are his first opening remarks to students who have completed the college’s Licensed Practical Nursing program and his tour of the new $ 9.6 million Dana Incorporated Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, which will expand the The college’s offerings in advanced manufacturing and will help fuel the region’s economy by creating a skilled workforce.

Early in his tenure, Somerville also visited public schools in Toledo to engage with K-12 leaders and advance “the common goal of educating the workforce of tomorrow.” She thanked the college speakers for inspiring her to do her best to “preserve Owens’ legacy for future generations.”

Somerville was appointed by the board of trustees in May to be the eighth president of Owens Community College. His first day was June 15th.

Somerville’s previous experience includes the position of Executive Vice President at Hawkeye Community College in Iowa and Vice President of Student Affairs at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. His various roles have allowed him to hone his skills in strategic planning, student success, organizational change, assessment, campus planning and construction, program development, Title IX compliance and more.

She received a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in student personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a bachelor’s degree in English / writing from Ohio Northern University.


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