Owens Community College Board of Trustees members R J Molter, of Woodville, and Allan J. Libbe, of Perrysburg, were recently honored for their combined 60 years of service and commitment to the academic institution and the Board of Trustees. Both are retiring at the end of their terms.
“Words cannot begin to express the Owens Community College Board of Trustees’ appreciation to Allan Libbe and R J Molter,” said Dee Talmage, Chair of the Owens Community College Board of Trustees. “Allan and R J have been instrumental in impacting the lives of thousands of students through their leadership and support of higher education. On behalf of Owens Community College and the Board of Trustees, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to both of them.”
A graduate of the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, Molter serves as a staff pharmacist at Pills & Packages Pharmacy and is the former co-owner of M & M Pharmacy in Woodville. He was initially appointed to the college’s Board of Trustees in June 1972.
Molter’s involvement on the board includes serving as Board Chair (1974-77) and (1998-99) and Vice Chair (1986-89), (1996-97) and (2011). Additionally, he assisted in the establishment of the Ohio Technical and Community College Association Directory of Trustees. The state organization is now known as the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, which represents Ohio’s 23 community colleges.
Molter has served with five of the college’s six presidents and provided leadership in the growth and development of Owens Community College from a technical college to a comprehensive state community college and from 25 acres to more than 400 acres, including expansion to Hancock and Lucas counties.
Initially appointed to the Board of Trustees in September 1992, Libbe is one of three founders of Rudolph/Libbe in 1955 and now serves as Secretary/Treasurer of Rudolph/Libbe Companies. During his Board of Trustees tenure, Libbe served as Board Chair (1996-97) and Vice Chair (1993-95) and was a member of the Finance Committee (2001-12). He also has held membership on the Owens Community College Foundation Board, prior to and since its incorporation in 2002.
Retiring Owens Board of Trustees (L to R) R J Molter and Allan Libbe pose for a photo with Board Chair Dee Talmage following the College's recent Board of Trustees meeting.