Owens names new VP of academic affairs


Owens Community College has named Steve Robinson, Ph.D., as vice president of academic affairs.
The hiring came after an executive session of the board of trustees Friday.
He replaces Dr. Renay Scott who left for another position this past spring.
This is a key academic position responsible for academic programming, teaching and learning, faculty and
academic staff. He will also support the institution’s completion plan and strategic enrollment growth;
and provide leadership, vision, and expertise in developing viable academic strategies that will
continue to meet the needs of the community and align the college’s academic program offerings with high
demand workforce opportunities.
"Owens Community College is fortunate to welcome Steve Robinson, who has an extensive background in
higher education and brings a high caliber skill set in academic affairs," said Mike Bower, Ph.D.,
president of Owens Community College. "Steve brings with him a vision that aligns with Owens’
current needs that will be a tremendous asset."
Robinson has spent the last 21 years working in higher education. Since 2008, he has served as executive
dean, Planning, Research and Quality Initiatives at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. In this
position, he served as the senior administrator in charge of strategic planning, institutional research,
continuous quality improvement and institutional accreditation. His responsibilities also included
college-wide data research initiatives and providing day-to-day management on student success
initiatives such as Achieving the Dream, a national reform network dedicated to community college
student success and completion.
He has also served as the interim dean of Health Sciences at Mott Community College where he supervised
and provided support for faculty in the occupational programs of Nursing, Respiratory Therapy,
Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, Dental Hygiene, and Dental Assisting. He has
also served as a full-time faculty member and continues to teach.
The Grand Blanc, Michigan resident earned a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature, a
master’s degree in English, and a doctorate in critical studies in the teaching of English, all from
Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.

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