Kerri Klatt

Staff Writer

Marcia Ballinger Ph.D., president of Lorain County Community College, announced on Jan.10 that Dr. Jonathan Dryden has been named Provost/ Vice President for Academic and Learner Services.

  The appointment was approved by the LCCC’s Board of Trustees after a nationwide search that was conducted during the fall 2017 semester with Dryden as one of three finalists’. “Dr. Dryden’s experience, expertise, passion and commitment for this college and for every student will be invaluable as we advance our number one priority: drive student completion for academic and career success,” Dr. Ballinger stated in a letter addressing the college community. Dr. Dryden had previously held the interim provost/ vice president position. After the search, Dr. Dryden was selected the best fit for LCCC by. “Dr. Dryden has led LCCC’s Student Success agenda and has and continues to make an extraordinary impact on this institution and most importantly, our students,” said Ballinger.

  Tracy Green, Vice President of Strategic and Institutional Development, said that she had chaired the screening committee. “The procedure is very lengthy,” said Green, “the screening committee is a combination of faculty, staff, and students.” Nine applicants had been submitted for the position nationally with five of those applicants to be screened. “We narrow the choices to three finalists to recommend.” The three finalists were Dr. Jonathan Dryden from LCCC, Dr. Steven Oluic from Lakeland Community College, and Dr. Craig Wilson.

  Dryden began his career at LCCC as an adjunct professor of English in the year of 1999. Throughout his tenure, Dryden has assumed positions as a professor of English, interim dean for the Arts and Humanities Division, interim dean as well as dean for the Social Sciences and Human Services Division. In 2016, Dryden assumed the interim role at the provost/vice president for Academic and Learner Services. “The past 16 years have been a wonderful journey, and now in the Provost role I have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of all of our students,” said Dryden, “While we have made a lot of great progress over the past six years helping more students achieve their goals, there is still a lot more we need to do to ensure all of the students have a path to the American Dream.”