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Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Residence: North Ridgeville, Ohio

Organization: Lorain County Community College

Occupation: College president

First job: Public Affairs/Media Relations Representative – Amoco Oil Company

Philosophy: Every Student’s Dream Matters

Favorite music: Jazz & Country

Favorite TV Show or Movie: “Hidden Figures”

Favorite book: Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman

What got me interested in my work: Growing up in a community that was focused on transforming from
manufacturing to a new economy.

Success is... Realizing your dreams

Pet Peeve: Not putting urgency into solutions

Favorite Quote: “I tell my students: when you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power,
then your job is to empower somebody else.” – Toni Morrison

Current Project: Part of our mission is to empower economies to grow through innovation, and our new Campana Center for Ideation and Invention opening next spring will facilitate a big part of that work. The center will give our community’s inventors, entrepreneurs and business owners access to state-of-the-art
digital manufacturing equipment that can help them remain innovative and competitive in a global economy.

What impact has NACCE had on your college's entrepreneurship efforts? NACCE creates an incredibly positive and productive sense of comradery among entrepreneurial-focused community colleges. We’re separated by thousands of miles and serving such diverse constituents, but we all come together—through NACCE—to share ideas and best practices, and to celebrate the collective work we do. And that’s really energizing.


 
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