Incoming President Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D., has pledged to work side by side with residents, employers and community stakeholders so that Lorain County Community College continues to be a catalyst of meaningful education and innovation that impacts the county and region.
“With the support of our wonderful faculty and staff I will work tirelessly to enable Lorain County Community College to address the changing needs of our county,” Ballinger said. “As the next president of LCCC I am committed to this community.”
Ballinger pledged her commitment to LCCC students and the community during her keynote speech at LCCC’s 52nd Commencement ceremony on May 14.
“On this day, I pledge to you, students, and to you, community, that I will do my very best to lead this institution to continue our trajectory toward success,” she said during the speech.
Ballinger will officially replace retiring President Roy A. Church, Ed. D., who steps down after nearly 30 years of leading the College, on July 1. She said Church was the best mentor she could have had to prepare her for her new challenge.
“I have had the opportunity to learn from him (Church) and work with him on all priorities of the College,” she said. “What I take away most from him is his leadership and vision of how he rallied the community to come together and develop a plan to meet the needs of our entire community. After all, community is the middle name of Lorain County Community College. I think one of the great hallmarks of this institution is its responsiveness to the unique needs of our community, and so I look forward to continuing that work.”
Ballinger is currently LCCC’s provost/vice president for academic and learner services, a role she has held since 2011. She was LCCC’s vice president for strategic and institutional development from 2002-2011, vice president of the Lorain County Community College Foundation from 2002-2011 and director of marketing/recruitment and media relations from 1991-2002.
She earned her her doctorate from Walden University in 2012 in higher education with a minor in community college leadership, a MBA from Kent State University in 2000 through LCCC’s University Partnership and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1983.
In April, Ballinger was also awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. As a member of this inaugural class of Aspen Presidential Fellows she will participate in a year long program of seminars and mentorship focused on a new vision for leadership for community college leaders.
Making sure that LCCC’s academic programs continue to exceed the standards necessary to prepare students for their future is another top priority for the new president.
“I’m focused on ensuring that our students have the opportunity to have the programs and degrees to achieve their goals,” Ballinger said. “I will work with our faculty and staff to make sure that we have the most outstanding educational programs so that our graduates can continue to contribute to the local economy.”
Regardless of the reason someone comes to LCCC – to earn a degree or certificate, or learn a new skill or to prepare to transfer to a four-year university – the College has one main goal, she said.
“This college is a catalyst in many areas in the community, but the most important is helping students make their dreams a reality,” Ballinger said.