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The Owens Community College president search is down to two candidates, one of whom is the interim president.

Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Robinson, and former Louisiana Delta Community College Chancellor Barbara M. Hanson will participate in forums Thursday on the Findlay and Toledo campuses.

Each forum will include an opening statement, audience questions, a closing statement and a 30-minute meet-and-greet period.

Robinson’s Findlay forum will last from 9:15 to 10 a.m., followed by the meet-and-greet until 10:30. Hanson’s Findlay forum starts at 11:45 a.m., with the meet-and-greet from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Both will be held in Room 111 of the Education Center.

Robinson has been the interim president since July 1, 2017. President Mike Bower retired June 30.

Robinson previously served as vice president of academic affairs and then provost.

He was an English professor at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, for 15 years. He then became an administrator at Mott, with roles including executive dean of planning, research and quality; interim dean of social science; and interim dean of health sciences.

Hanson was most recently the chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe, Louisiana.

Previously she was the chief academic officer of San Jacinto College-Central in Pasadena, Texas.

Before that, Hanson was a full-time faculty member at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona, teaching English as a Second Language, German, English and martial arts. She also served as division chair for modern languages, dean of instruction, and project director of a $2.2 million Title V grant.

The new Owens president is expected to start the job on July 1, according to Dee Talmage, who chairs the board of trustees and is on the president search committee. The president should be announced by the end of April.

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