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