Lorain County Community College names Marcia Ballinger as president

Lorain County Community College has named a new president to succeed Roy Church, who is retiring after 29 years.(Lorain County Community College)

Marcia BallingerLorain County Community College 

ELYRIA, Ohio - Marcia Ballinger, provost and vice president for learner services at Lorain County Community College, has been named president of the two-year school.

Trustees announced Thursday that Ballinger will replace Roy Church, who is retiring after 29 years.

Ballinger began working at the college in 1991. She has served as vice president for strategic and institutional development and director of marketing and media relations. 

She received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Kent State University and a doctorate in higher education from Walden University.

Ballinger was one of three finalists. Others considered were Ray Michael Di Pasquale, who retired as president of the Community College of Rhode Island where he served for nine years, and MaryAnn Janosik, head of school for Stanford Online High School in Palo Alto, California. Janosik, a Lorain County native, began her studies at LCCC and received a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College.

The three candidates met with faculty, students and community members at the college.

"The reason I believe that this college has been so successful is because in it has taken the time to really become not just ingrained in the community, it is because it is part of the entire community and it is created to serve the changing parts of the community," Ballinger said in a forum, according to the college's newspaper, The Collegian. "As I look at change, I look at it in terms of the community's needs. As a learning organization we can't stop. We are continually changing and innovating."

Ballinger was recently chosen for a fellowship to prepare community college leaders for presidencies.

"Dr. Ballinger has been instrumental in spearheading the college's strategic initiatives that have led to increased educational opportunities and student success," said Church after the Aspen Institute announced the fellowship. "She has been a tireless champion working on behalf of Lorain County Community College on the local, state and national level on all fronts: student success, workforce development, economic growth and contributing to the vitality of our community."

In recognition of Church's service, the Lorain County Community College Foundation established the Roy and Bobbi Church Visionary Leadership Institute. The institute will host a speaker series that will include programs and workshops.

The first event on April 25 features Michael Porter, a professor at Harvard Business School. Porter will deliver the keynote address at the Legacy of Leadership Gala to honor Roy Church.

More information about the gala can be found at lccclegacy.org.

POSTED: Monday, April 25, 2016 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 8:13am