Dr. Patricia Rowell to retire as president of Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus

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Led Tri-C’s largest campus for 7 years

CLEVELAND – Dr. Patricia Rowell, who has led Cuyahoga Community College’s largest Patricia-Rowell-199x300campus for seven years, has announced that she will retire, effective June 30, 2013.

 Cuyahoga Community College, currently marking a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary, was Ohio’s first community college. Of the college’s four campuses, the Western Campus’ sprawling facility at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Parma, currently enrolls more than 12,000 students.

 Before coming to Tri-C, Dr. Rowell served as the senior vice president and campus provost at St. Petersburg College in Florida. Previously, she was the director of community education, director of economic development and assistant to the president of Seminole State College in Florida. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Florida.

 “The campus is poised to continue its great service to the community as we provide access and success for our students on their educational journey,” Dr. Rowell said.

 Tri-C will remain a strong and a vibrant employer with many team members active in the local community. The faculty, staff and administration are deeply committed to the long-term success of our students.”

 Dr. Rowell is known among her peers and the students as a tireless leader and committed mentor.

 “She supports the professional growth of faculty, staff and administrators. She is also a passionate supporter of our college students. It’s not uncommon to see her interacting with our students on campus,” said Dr. Belinda Miles, provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs. “She is engaged in the community and serves as the face of Tri-C’s Western Campus.” Dr. Rowell is a board member on the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce and sits on the North Royalton YMCA’s Board of Directors.”

 Judith A. McMullen, vice president of Human Resources, will oversee the search advisory committee that will conduct a national search for the next Western Campus president. The search advisory committee will include representatives of the faculty, staff, administration and the community. The target start date for the next Western Campus president is July 1, 2013.

 Rowell’s accomplishments during her tenure include:

 Bringing the community to the campus through such events as the campus’ 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2008, annual Relay for Life activities and, most recently, Ohio Music Education Association middle and high school competitions

  • Cultivating community relationships with the Parma area school district, Berea School District, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Polaris Career Center, Parma Hospital, Southwest General Hospital, city of Parma and city of Parma Heights

  • Collaborating with chamber leaders and local mayors on several economic development initiatives

·         Launching the Brunswick University Center, providing greater access for Medina County residents to attend Tri-C and promoting a university partnership with Tiffin University, Franklin University and Cleveland State University

  • Spearheading the development of credit programs at Corporate College West, which led to the development of the Westshore Campus

  • Continuing to support and honor the veterans and campus prisoner-of-war (POW) traditions, as well as the history of the Crile Hospital, the former military hospital that was located on the Western Campus site

  • Improving the Western Campus by opening the Health Technology Center

  • Building and renovating the baseball field that will be rededicated Friday, April 26

  • Representing the college at the national level as a board member of the American Association of Community Colleges

Upon retirement, Dr. Rowell and her husband, Dr. Lee Rowell, a retired educational administrator, will return to Florida to spend more time with their extended family.


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