Public will have opportunity to meet finalists for Rhodes State president slot

By J Swygart -






LIMA — Public receptions for three candidates vying to become the next president of Rhodes State College will be held at the school’s Keese Hall Multipurpose Center over the next three weeks.

Prospective candidates and the dates on which they will be available to meet the public include:

Thursday, Aug. 22 — Dr. David Devier, current president of Glen Oaks Community College in Centerville, Michigan

Tuesday, Aug. 27 — Dr. Cynthia Spiers, current interim president at Rhodes State College

Wednesday, Sept. 4 — Dr. Lauri White, current vice president of academic affairs at Central Ohio Technical College in Newark

All receptions will be held from 4-6 p.m., with questions to be posed to the candidates beginning at 5 p.m.

The three candidates are hoping to gain the favor of the Rhodes State board of trustees to replace Debra McCurdy, former president of Rhodes State College, who left the Lima campus in early April to take a new job with Baltimore City Community College in Baltimore, Maryland. She served 12 years as the Rhodes State president.

Spiers, a Lima resident, took over as interim president on April 10 and will continue to serve in the position until the college appoints a permanent president.

She previously served as the vice president of student affairs and as director of institutional effectiveness and planning at the school.

In 2011 Spiers joined the staff at Owens Community College as associate vice provost for student services after five years as the executive director for institutional effectiveness and assistant to the president of planning at Rhodes State College since 2006.

Her two-decade academic career at Rhodes State also includes serving as Dean of Student Development Education, Dean of Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions. Additionally during her tenure at Rhodes State, Spiers held Assistant Professor rank, having taught while serving as Dean of Student Development Education.

Devier was named president of Glen Oaks Community College in February 2014 and formerly served as vice president of academic and student affairs at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio. He had previously served as dean and CEO at the University of Cincinnati, Clermont College in Batavia and as dean, industrial and engineering technologies at Owens Community College in Toledo.

A native of Ada, Ohio, Devier earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Technology Education from 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.

White serves as the chief academic officer at Central Ohio Technical College in Newark, reporting directly to the president. She manages a team of more than 300 personnel and has been involved in the development, management and administration of an $11 million department budget.

As chief academic officer, she collaborates with economic development leaders and industry partners in the development of academic programs meeting workforce demands.

White previously she served as a dean in various departments at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. She received her Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University. She is a graduate of the Harvard University School of Education’s Leadership Development Institute for Educational Management.

White earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Wyoming.


By J Swygart

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