OACC President and CEO Visits WSCC
MARIETTA, Ohio (July 22, 2014) – Jack Hershey, the new President and CEO of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC), recently visited Washington State Community College (WSCC) to learn more about how community colleges serve their communities. Mr. Hershey began his visit with an overview of WSCC's mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities. After an introduction of the staff at WSCC, Mr. Hershey introduced himself and gave his impressions of his new position and OACC. The morning meeting with staff included discussions about a completion plan, college credit, enrollment, and the capital bill. Dr. Ebersole, President of WSCC said after the meeting with the new OACC president, "It was a pleasure for the WSCC staff and board to meet Mr. Hershey to share with him our expectations for the OACC, and to hear his vision. He was the right candidate for the position, and I feel certain community colleges in the state will benefit from his leadership and advocacy."
Mr. Hershey was given a tour of the WSCC campus, stopping to speak with department administrators in the Center for Student Success, the Welding Lab, and the Nursing Lab. Mr. Hershey said of the new welding lab, "I am learning how responsive community colleges are to the workforce needs of local businesses. The new welding lab at Washington State Community College is a perfect example; meeting the needs of the growing industry by building a new state of the art lab, and offering a one-year certificate program."
Mr. Hershey had lunch with Dr. Ebersole and the Board of Trustees Chair Larry Holdren, during which discussions about legislative strategy, association vs. state system, and OACC continuity and the president's involvement took place.