1996-1997

The Association’s fourteenth year began a new annual cycle that now begins and ends at the March conference. The new officers were: Pat Bower, President (Tiffin University); Carol Ventresca, President-Elect (Ohio State University); Henry Trenkelbach, Treasurer (Kent State University); and Paul Parlato, Secretary (Wittenberg University). Constituency Vice-Presidents were Russ O’Neill, Branch and Regional Campuses (University of Akron Wayne College); Claude Paumier, Community and Technical Colleges (Stark State College of Technology); John Kengla, Private Colleges and Universities (Otterbein College); and Eloise Lafferty, Public Universities (University of Akron).

The Association’s committees were capably chaired by Jane Link (Xavier University), Awards and Honors; Barbara Hanniford (Kent State University), Communications; Matt Cocks (University of Cincinnati Raymond Walters College), Community and Government Relations; Amy Mast (University of Akron Wayne College) and Mary Kay Meyer (Xavier University), Conference; Jim Vondrell (University of Cincinnati), Constitution and Bylaws; Julie Mitchell (University of Dayton), Membership; Jane Cavanaugh (Baldwin Wallace College), Nominations and Elections; Barbara Hoskins (University of Cincinnati), Research and Data Collection; Jan Peterson (Bowling Green State University), Site Selection; and Barb Mackey (Wittenberg University), Special Interest Groups.

An important initiative during this year was the beginning of an ongoing strategic planning process under the direction of President-elect Carol Ventresca. This included a focus session with past presidents, a focus session with members during the Leadership Conference, and a series of phone surveys and a mail survey. A draft report of the process and recommendations was presented at the annual conference.

The Leadership Conference was held at the Radisson Hotel Columbus North in October and featured Dr. James Lahoski speaking on “Educational Leadership – Oxymoron or Not?” The annual conference was again held at Holiday Inn on the Lane March 5-7 with the theme, “Contemplating our Core Competencies: A Focus on Excellence.” Keynote presenters were Sandra Golden and Dr. Richard L. Klosky. For the first time in a number of years, there were exhibitors from 10 different companies. The Profile of Adult Learner Programs and Services in Ohio research project was completed, analyzed, and reported at the annual conference and the results were printed and disseminated in the conference program book. The annual Private Colleges constituency’s one day workshop was held in Columbus and focused on the topic of distance learning in Ohio. A one-day drive-in conference which also focused on distance learning took place in January at Cleveland State. 75 people attended.

The Executive Board approved emeriti membership status for Ethel Mae Richards. OLLO awards were presented to Mary Lou Harris, Dr. Joseph Tucker and Dr. David Mitzel. Receiving Program Excellence awards were David Hefling and Kent State University; Karen Williams, University of Cincinnati, and the Clermont County Juvenile Court; and the Office of Community Service, the University of Akron Wayne College.