FREMONT – Dr. Jerome Webster began his duties today (7/2) as the sixth president of Terra State Community College.
Members of the campus community lined the hallway to greet Webster as he reported for his first day and a small reception followed.
“I am very excited, humbled and honored to serve in this role,” Webster said. “I believe so much opportunity exists at the college to serve our students and all of our communities with distinction. I look forward to working with what I believe is the best faculty and staff on any college campus.”
Webster served as the Vice President for Student and Administrative Affairs at Terra since August 2008. Earlier this year, the board of trustees chose him to succeed President Dr. Marsha S. Bordner upon her retirement.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in human resources from Olivet College in Michigan. After working as a residence hall director and housing coordinator at Olivet, he briefly served as a human resources associate at Standard Federal Bank.
Webster returned to higher education when he accepted a position at the University of Toledo. He spent 10 years working in various positions in university housing. After completing his master’s degree in educational technology and human resources development, Webster entered the doctoral program in higher education administration at the University of Toledo.
Participation in the distinguished Community College Presidential Fellowship Program brought Webster to Terra, where he eventually was hired as the Dean of Student Services.
In January 2003, he accepted the position of Dean of Students at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. Four years later, he accepted the position of Dean of Student Affairs with Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.
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. He was also a member and conference chair of the Ohio Housing Officer’s organization, a member of the Ohio Council for Student Development, and a delegate for the American Association of Community Colleges.
He has served as a member-at-large for the Michigan College Personnel Association (MCPA), the state’s organization for professionals working in student affairs. He is past 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 a member of the development committee for the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.