Senior Executive Assistant to President
Secretary | Board of Trustees
Dr. Doreen Larson is the fifth President of Edison State Community College. She began her position at Edison State on July 1, 2015, and is the first female president of the College. Dr. Larson defines her job duties as "face, focus and funding." She works to position Edison State as a critical partner in the economic vitality of Darke, Shelby, Miami and Preble counties through workforce partnership programs. In 2018, Dr. Larson was inducted into the Association of Ohio Commodores in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the economic development of the State of Ohio. In 2019, she was recognized as a Patriotic Employer for her support of America's National Guard and Reserve Force.
Dr. Larson has been recognized by the Dayton Business Journal as one of the "50 Most Powerful Women" in the greater Dayton area in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. She was elected to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors from 2015–2018 and currently serves on the AACC President's Advisory Board for Community College Apprenticeships. She was selected to Chair the AACC Commission on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion from 2012–2018.
Doreen Larson grew up on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a Doctorate in Special Education from Kent State University, a Master's Degree in Education from John Carroll University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education.
Her experience in community college education began at Lakeland Community College in Ohio as a faculty member where she established the first office of services for students with disabilities. Dr. Larson then served as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts, where she increased minority enrollment by advocating for increased minority representation at all levels of student services. In 2010, Dr. Larson was selected as the President of Pierpont Community and Technical College, located in West Virginia.
Over the past four years, Edison State has grown in enrollment and also added campuses in Troy and Eaton Ohio. The Edison State Campus at Troy opened in Fall 2019 and features healthcare programs along with degree completion options with Franklin University. The Edison State campus in Piqua will open the Robinson Student Career Center later in Fall 2019. The College has added new degree programs in Agribusiness, Aviation Professional Pilot and Veterinary Technician in addition to certifications in Equipment Maintenance, Cybersecurity and HVAC-R. Edison State is a Registered Apprentice Sponsor in Ohio and received appreciation for its efforts in attaining eligibility for military veterans to participate in Registered Apprentice training programs.
As a couple, the Larsons frequently represent Edison State at community events throughout the region. Doreen and Len are active volunteers for the United Way of Marion County, the Miami/Shelby Habitat for Humanity, the Sidney Theater Restoration and the American Heart Association. The Larsons reside in Sidney, Ohio, with their over-sized Goldendoodle, Kyle. Dr. Larson is proud to note that her three sons and her husband, all began their higher education at community colleges.