By Karl Schneider
Max J. Lerner, Lorain County Community College’s founding president, died on Jan. 2, 2013 at the age of 92.
Lerner was the first and founding president at LCCC. He served as president from 1963-71.
Lerner acted as Director of Adult Education and Supervisor of Industrial Education for Lorain City Schools in 1953. Only seven years later, Lerner helped form the Lorain School of Technology, which was charted into Lorain County Community College in 1963.
After Lerner finished serving LCCC, he went on to work as the Vice Chancellor for the Ohio Board of regents. He then became the Executive Director of Ohio Career Colleges and Schools until he was 88.
“This college and community were fortunate to have had the vision, leadership and commitment of Dr. Max Lerner during the launch of Lorain County Community College,” said Dr. Roy Church, president of LCCC. “Dr. Lerner set a direction for the institution that was rooted in serving the needs of this community. As the College celebrates the 50th Anniversary
this year, the leadership of Dr. Lerner is forever present and carried forward by our current District Bard of Trustees, administration, faculty and staff.”
Lerner’s efforts made Lorain County Community College Ohio’s first permanent community college.