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Terra State Community College Announces Next President

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Terra State Community College Announces Next President
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DrJeromeWebsterNewly elected Terra State Community College Board of Trustee Chair, Carl E. Koebel announced that the governing body of the College has unanimously selected current Vice President for Student and Administrative Affairs, Dr. Jerome Webster as the sixth president of the College. 

Citing Dr. Webster’s experience and innovative ideas, Mr. Koebel said, “As a Board, we have observed Dr. Webster demonstrate his leadership capabilities and knowledge of higher education issues that face community colleges today.  His focus of keeping the College as a student centered institution has been key in revamping student affairs and enrollment services.  His business knowledge has been integral in restructuring the human resources function of the College.  And, his vigilance in strengthening the relationships with our collective bargaining units has been very important to the Board.  But more importantly, his visionary acumen and the critical role he has played in structuring the College’s Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Council and the Vision 2016 Strategic Plan was crucial to our decision in selecting him for the president’s position.”

Dr. Webster received his bachelor of arts degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources from Olivet College in Michigan.  He began his higher education career over 22 years ago at Olivet College as a residence hall director and housing coordinator.  After a two-year stint as a Human Resources Associate at Standard Federal Bank, he returned to higher education when he accepted a position at the University of Toledo, where he spent 10 years working in various positions in university housing.  After completing his master’s degree in educational technology and human resources development, Dr. Webster entered the doctoral program in higher education administration at the University of Toledo.

Toward the end of his doctoral program, Dr. Webster was awarded a fellowship with the distinguished Community College Presidential Fellowship Program, offered jointly by the University of Toledo and five area community colleges in northwest Ohio and southeastern Michigan.  The fellowship lead him to his next position as Dean of Student Services at Terra State Community College.  In January 2003, he accepted the position of Dean of Students at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. 

In July 2007, he accepted the position of Dean of Student Affairs with Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.  In August 2008, he accepted the position of Vice President for Student and Administrative Affairs at Terra, where he has continued to be active in various State and regional organizations in higher education.
Dr. Webster’s previous service includes being chair of the task force on professional staff recruitment and a member of the conference host committee for the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers, serving as a member and conference chair of the Ohio Housing Officer’s organization, serving as a member of the Ohio Council for Student Development, and serving as delegate for the American Association of Community Colleges.  He has served as member-at-large for the Michigan College Personnel Association (MCPA), the State’s organization for professionals working in student affairs.  He is currently the president of the Ohio Association of Community College’s Chief Student Affairs Officers group.

He is a member of Rotary Club International-Fremont Chapter, a Board Member of the Sandusky County American Red Cross and is a member of the development committee for the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, OH.

Board Chair Koebel said, “With Dr. Webster’s enthusiasm and expertise, we won’t skip a beat.  I speak for all of our Trustees when I say that it has been an honor and privilege to have worked with Dr. Marsha Bordner.  The northwest Ohio region and the state have benefited from her hard driven commitment to Terra and her dynamic relationships with business and industry.  We are appreciative for her service and gratified knowing she will continue as a viable member of our community.”

“I am humbled and truly honored to be given this opportunity to serve the Board of Trustees, the College, our students, and the community in this new role,” said Dr. Webster.  “I have big shoes to fill following Dr. Bordner’s leadership, but I can’t begin to tell you all how excited I am to work with all of you.  I believe we have one of the best groups of faculty and staff that exist on any college campus.  I am thrilled to be serving you, our alumni, donors, the business community and the elected officials that support this wonderful College and its mission to be the catalyst for prosperity in our region.”  

Dr. Webster a resident of Fremont, Ohio will succeed Dr. Marsha S. Bordner; he will begin serving a three year contract effective July 1, 2012.