Belmont College President Set to Retire
Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski
St. Clairsville, OH (January 24, 2014) – President Joseph E. Bukowski
has announced plans to retire this summer from Belmont College.
Bukowski has served as president of Belmont College since 1998 and is the 6th and
longest serving president. President Bukowski announced his plans to retire at the
January 2014 Board of Trustees meeting.
“I will always cherish my time at Belmont,” he said. “Words cannot express how proud
I am of the way the College has grown during my presidency. The faculty and staff
have been a tremendous asset to not only me but also the College as a whole. I expect
that you will see nothing but continued success in the future.”
Prior to coming to then Belmont Technical College, Dr. Bukowski was the Provost
of the Palm Beach Gardens Campus of Palm Beach State College. During his 16 year
tenure, Bukowski led Belmont College through several transitions including: expanding
course offerings in Monroe County, creating the Belmont College Foundation, gaining
community college status, and changing the College name from Belmont Technical College
to Belmont College.
Mrs. Elizabeth Gates, Chair of Belmont’s Board of Trustees, said they will begin
to look for a new President immediately and a search firm will be utilized to assist
in the search. Mrs. Gates said the Trustees plan to have the successor begin in
One of the initial tasks facing the new President is the construction of the new
Health Sciences Center. A majority of the funds for this $9.1 million project have
been secured through the State of Ohio and from Belmont College’s capital improvement
fund. To secure the funding needed for the facility, the Belmont College Foundation
has embarked upon a fundraising campaign to solicit contributions from individual
donors, business and community partners. A modern health sciences center will allow
for additional labs with increased capacity, additional course offerings, a study
area, increased parking, and state-of-the-art equipment.
Although Dr. Bukowski will retire before the Health Sciences Center is scheduled
to be completed, he has made significant contributions to the new building. It was
Dr. Bukowski’s vision for an expanded Belmont College campus that led to the purchase
of the original 54 acres where the new Health Sciences Center will be built. In
addition, he was instrumental in securing the former Polaris property; the additional
purchase gave the College ownership of a tract of land that runs from State Route
331 to Hammond Road. He has not only helped to secure funding and donations, but
has also been active in the design phase for the Health Sciences Center.
As a community college graduate, Dr. Bukowski credits much of his determination
and career success to the educational foundation he gained at the junior college
level. Community colleges such as Belmont College provide not only an affordable
alternative to more expensive four-year institutions but also a way for students
to stay close to home, current employment, and family.
“Dr. Bukowski has served Belmont College well,” Mrs. Gates said. “His passion for
a community college education has certainly helped to move Belmont through the ranks
to gain a solid reputation in this community.”
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