O’dell M. Owens steps down as Cincinnati State president

September 23, 2015
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O’dell M. Owens steps down as Cincinnati State president
Accepts position as Cincinnati Health Department medical director

O’dell M. Owens, M.D., MPH, resigned today as President of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to accept a position as medical director of the Cincinnati Health Department.
Dr. Owens notified members of the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees of his decision in a letter sent Wednesday afternoon.
Board Chair Cathy Crain announced that Provost Monica Posey will serve as interim president. She said a national search will be launched to find a permanent successor to Dr. Owens.
Dr. Owens was named the fifth president of Cincinnati State in August, 2010. At that time he was serving a second term as Hamilton County Coroner.
“The Board would like to thank Dr. Owens for the contributions he has made, raising the stature of the institution and bringing all of our political and corporate friends to campus making them aware of the college’s initiatives and achievements,” said Mrs. Crain.
“Dr. Owens is a man who has always followed his heart’s passion to serve his community and for serving the least among us,” said board member Mark Walton. “His new role as the City’s medical director will allow him to do that.”
Dr. Owens said he was recruited for the city health position, and that his decision to leave was a difficult one.
“I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be the leader of this great institution for the past five years.  I am certainly proud of our accomplishments and the reputation that we have built on a local, statewide, national and international level,” he said. “I’ve decided, after devoting five great years to Cincinnati State, it was time for me to move on,” Dr. Owens said. “The Board of Trustees is moving in a new direction that would not require all the talents and expertise that I have used for the past five years. It is time to bring in someone who can take Cincinnati State to the next level.”
Cincinnati State (www.cincinnatistate.edu) offers more than 130 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the most comprehensive co-op programs among two-year colleges in the U.S.