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Marcia Ballinger


Lorain County Community College

Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., has more than 25 years in community college leadership roles that have advanced student success, workforce and economic development, strategic planning, and institutional advancement.  Dr. Ballinger was named as the 5th President of Lorain County Community College July 1, 2016. She was also awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.  Under her leadership and deep commitment to student success, Lorain County Community College was recognized by the American Association for Community Colleges (AACC) as the 2018 Recipient of the AACC Award of Excellence in Student Success.


Dr. Ballinger is passionate about empowering a thriving community where every student dream matters.  She is a deeply engaged in the student completion movement at the state and national level serving in leadership roles for Completion by Design project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Achieving the Dream and Jobs For the Future Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success.


In addition to growing talent, Dr. Ballinger has provided leadership for the College’s economic development initiatives, which focused primarily on the needs and potential of entrepreneurs.  Under Dr. Ballinger’s leadership, hallmarks of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem were developed and thriving today, such as:  GLIDE, a regional technology incubator and the Innovation Fund, the region’s earliest pre-seed fund for start-up technology companies.


Dr. Ballinger served as a member of the Ohio Board of Regents Complete College Ohio Task Force Committee and is currently serving on the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network Oversight Board, Ohio Association of Community Colleges Committee and Co-Chairs the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways Statewide Steering Committee.  Regionally, Dr. Ballinger serves on the boards of MAGNET, Northeast Ohio Council of Higher Education, the Fund for Our Economic Future, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, Northwest Bank Advisory Board, Workforce Institute of Lorain County and Lorain County Chamber of Commerce.  She is also President of the Lorain County Community College Foundation and while serving as Vice President of the LCCC Foundation grew the organization from $12 million in assets in 2004 to nearly $50 million today.


Dr. Ballinger holds a Ph.D. in Education – Community College Leadership, Walden University. She is also a proud alumnus of LCCC’s University Partnership Program having earned her MBA from Kent State University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.