Glen Oaks President Dr. David H. Devier has been chosen by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) as the recipient of the 2021 Central Regional Chief Executive Officer Award. He will be recognized during the 52nd Annual ACCT Leadership Congress, in San Diego in mid-October.
Devier, a native of Ada, Ohio, has worked in education for over 45 years and has served as the president of Glen Oaks since January, 2014. Prior to that he held leadership positions at: Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio; University of Cincinnati Clermont College in Batavia, Ohio; Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio; and Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.
Devier earned his Ph.D in Industrial Technology Education from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts in Industrial Arts Education from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Arts Education from Ohio Northern University.
Said to be an innovator throughout his forty-five-year career in higher education, Devier’s career is divided into two halves, twenty-one years with four-year universities and twenty-four years with two-year institutions.
His career at Glen Oaks has provided stability and vision to the college and he is credited with initiating the project to build a 106-bed residence hall to accommodate student athletes and out-of-town students due to a lack of housing in the area. In addition, he led the complete renovation of the grand concourse. Currently, he is the force behind the $7.3 million state capital outlay project to renovate the north half of the original building which houses the library, technology labs and instructional spaces. In addition, he spearheaded many campus grounds improvements including complete parking lot resurfacing and the removal of the obsolete safety egress earthen mounds.
Under his leadership, student enrollment has grown by 25 percent and high school dual enrollment to over 50 percent of the total.
ACCT’s regional awards recognize the tremendous contributions made by community colleges and their leaders to meeting the needs of their communities.
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern more than 1,100 community, technical and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.
Founded in 1972, the ACCT’s purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical and junior colleges, and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state and national levels. For more information, visit www.acct.org.