President Owens donates bonus toward raise for employees

November 13, 2014

Jean Manning
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
(513) 569-1519 (office)

President Owens donates bonus toward raise for employees 

Cincinnati State employees who are not members of a bargaining unit will get a 1.25 percent pay raise, 
thanks in part to a decision by President Owens to redirect what would have been his performance bonus 
for 2013-14.

Prior to his annual performance evaluation by the Board of Trustees in October, President Owens asked 
that he not be awarded any bonus for the contract year ending Aug. 31, 2014, and that any such award 
instead be directed toward providing a 1.25 percent increase in the rate of compensation for non-union 
employees at Cincinnati State. Such employees have not had a raise in the past two years. 

At its Oct. 28 meeting, a unanimous Board of Trustees, citing Dr. Owens’ request, approved allocating 
$50,000 that would have been awarded as a bonus to be used toward providing a 1.25% increase in the 
rate of compensation of non-union employees of the College. 

This week, the college announced that 152 full-time, non-bargaining unit employees will receive the 
1.25% raise after their own annual performance reviews are completed, retroactive to Nov. 1, 2014.

“Dr. Owens continues to exceed the Board’s expectations,” said Cathy Crain, chair of the Board of 
Trustees. “We have an incredible leader in Dr. Owens, and his latest gesture is just one of the countless 
things that he does for the College and its employees and students,” she said.

Dr. Owens began his service as Cincinnati State president on Sept. 1, 2010.

Cincinnati State ( enrolls about 10,700 students and 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.