The Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) honored Southern State Community College President Dr. Kevin S. Boys during its recent OESCA Capital Conference Brunch in Columbus, an annual event.
Boys was presented with the Outstanding Leadership Award, which recognizes community leaders who have personally rendered specific leadership service which has significantly benefited all the local school districts in the county school system.
Boys has devoted more than 31 years to K-12 public education in southwest Ohio, including his service as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in two suburban school districts near Cincinnati. Boys is the fifth president of Southern State Community college and is now serving his seventh year.
Boys regularly collaborates with all the superintendents and school districts in the region to provide expanded opportunities for students. He has attended superintendents’ meetings, assisted school districts with strategic planning, and shared the Southern State facilities with area school districts and the SOESC.
With Boys’ leadership and collaboration of 30 area school districts, Southern State has doubled the number of high school students taking college credit plus classes.
Active in Southern State’s five-county service area and beyond, Boys is a board member of the Highland County Chamber of Commerce and Hillsboro Rotary Club. He is also active with Leadership Clinton and annually chairs the education day. He was recently appointed to the VFA Oversight Board of the American Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Governing Board.
In collaboration with Great Oaks, Boys assisted in developing a shared program in aviation engineering to meet the urgent need for a regional employer.
Boys’ associates say he is well respected not only in the region but also around the state of Ohio.
He is a member of the executive committee of the Southwest Ohio Council for High Education Board of Trustees. He serves on the Great Oaks Career Development Campus Business Advisory Council and is a governing board member of the Southwest Ohio High Schools That Work and the Community College of Appalachia.
In 2013, Boys was called upon by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to serve as co-chair to the Ohio Education Funding Commission. That commission was responsible for facilitating all the colleges and universities to agree upon a spending plan for Capital Expenditures.
The Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) represents the superintendents, teachers, supervisors and other personnel of Ohio’s Educational Service Centers and “seeks to promote excellence in education through the quality services provided by its member organizations,” according to its mission statement.
OESCA “provides legislative updates, coordinates member lobbying efforts and organizes communications among its member organizations. OESCA also provides professional development opportunities for service center administrators and personnel through issue-related seminars and major conferences.”
Information for this article was submitted by Diana Miller, communications coordinator for the SOESC, Clinton-Massie Local, and Wilmington City Schools.