CENTREVILLE, Mich. — At a special meeting held recently, the Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees confirmed Dr. David Devier as the college’s next president and approved a two-year contract with a start date of Jan. 20. Devier was selected as the finalist at the December board meeting after interviews with two other candidates.

A native of Ada, Ohio, Devier is in his 38th year in education. He comes to Glen Oaks after having served as vice president of academic and student affairs at Clark State Community College, in Springfield. He also held positions in higher education at Clermont College, Batavia, Ohio; the University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati; Owens State Community College, in Toledo; and Ohio Northern University, in Ada. Among his many professional accomplishments is his work with the Higher Learning Commission as a consultant-evaluator and leadership positions in numerous professional organizations.

"I am truly excited to join the Glen Oaks Community College family,” said Devier. "I believe that Glen Oaks is the right fit for me and I appreciate the support the board of trustees, faculty, staff and community have extended to me as I begin my service with the college."

Devier holds a Bachelor of Art from Ohio Northern University, a Master of Art from Kent State University, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  His many hobbies include classic car and antique furniture restoration, woodworking, photography and collecting memorabilia related to Ada and Ohio Northern University.

He has been married to his wife, Patty, for 37 years and they have one son, Britton, who is a technology education teacher and head football coach in northwest Ohio.

“Devier will be a tremendous asset to Glen Oaks and he is excited and ready to start,” said David Allen, board president. “He expresses a high level of energy and enthusiasm, along with a strong passion for education and student success … that is what stood out for me all along.”

Devier succeeds Dr. Gary Wheeler, who announced his retirement earlier this year and has served as Glen Oaks president since 2007.

“Gary has worked to improve student life during some fiscally challenging times,” said Allen. “He stepped up the college’s presence and visibility having been active on boards in the local community, at the state level where has served on various committees and task forces for the Michigan Community College Association, where he has served as chair for the past two years. At the federal level, he recently served as the president for the Higher Learning Commission.”