Dr. Dorey Diab New President
Following the retirement announcement of North Central State College’s fourth president, Mr. Donald L. Plotts, the Board of Trustees began a nation-wide search to find the next president to lead the College. On December 22, 2012 the Board of Trustees named Dr. Dorey Diab as the fifth President of North Central State College and on February 18, 2013 Dr. Diab relinquished his duties as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio to assume his new role as President of North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio.
Dr. Diab has more than nineteen years of higher education experience in Ohio: seventeen in the technical and community college system and more than thirteen years in executive and leadership positions at the administrative and academic levels, with a depth and breadth of knowledge in technical and non-technical areas. He has actively engaged all college constituents, federal agencies; and community representatives at the federal, state, and local levels.
Dr. Diab relates well to the wide range of challenges and complexity that students bring to community colleges as he has mirrored them in his own academic career. As an immigrant to this country, he matriculated at Cuyahoga Community College and learned English while mastering his academic studies. He brings strong empathy and passion for students, their access, and their path to academic and career success through high positive energy and unwavering commitment.
Dr. Diab earned bachelor and master’s degrees in Engineering from Cleveland State University, a master’s degree in Business from Kent State University, and a Ph.D. in Leadership in Higher Education from the University of Nebraska.
Dr. Diab brings statewide leadership within the Ohio community and technical colleges having chaired the process for the submittal of the joint proposal by Ohio’s technical colleges to the Chancellor on the associate of arts and associate of science degrees, as well as the joint submittal by the technical and co-located campuses to the Higher Learning Commission. He advocated for the community college mission with federal and state representatives, governors, and mayors. Dr. Diab also chaired the council of chief academic officers for all of Ohio’s public community and technical colleges, and the Ohio Board of Regents’ Faculty Credentials Committee. He served on multiple college, community, state, and national boards and committees including: Academic Affairs Council, Academic Chairs Council, Academic Integrity Council, Globalization Taskforce, Downtown Taskforce, Tech Prep Governing Board, Student Success Taskforce, Curriculum and Academic Policies Committees, and the Chair Academy’s International Practitioners Board.
As Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Diab provided leadership and management to all the divisions of academic affairs, corporate services, strategic planning and grants, e-learning, the campus library and Tech Prep in different institutions with multi-campus settings, while sharing the campuses with branches of The Ohio State University and Kent State University,. Education opportunities include credit and non-credit offerings in Business and Entrepreneurial Students; Corporate Services and Continuing Education; Education and Human Services; Engineering, Industrial, and Emerging Technologies; Health Sciences; Information Technology; Liberal Arts; Mathematics; and Sciences. Responsibilities have included overseeing close to nine hundred full-time and part-time faculty and staff; close to two hundred fifty associate degrees, options, one-year and career stackable certificates; more than one thousand courses; and managing a budget of around thirty-six million dollars (fifty-two percent of a sixty-eight million dollar total College budget). He has established close to forty new programs, majors, concentrations, and certificates over the past four years. He has led or was active in raising more than thirty million dollars in grants and resources over the past eight years.
Starting in 1993, Dr. Diab’s academic career included teaching more than one thousand students in developmental and technical programs, and holding the ranks of adjunct instructor, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, professor, coordinator, department chair of Engineering Technologies, and executive director of emerging technologies. He represented the faculty on the Faculty Association’s Executive Committee, the President’s Cabinet and the Foundation Board. He established the distinguished faculty process for full-time and adjunct faculty. He has been an evaluator for the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and the Academic Quality Improvement Program for the Higher Learning commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC). He has provided leadership in the (HLC) accreditation process for both PEAQ and AQIP and the institutions received a full accreditation with no follow-up visits or reports required.