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Rafinski to lead state association

Ex-Clark State president back at work shortly after retirement.


Less than three months after retiring as president of Clark State Community College, Karen Rafinski is back at work — as interim president of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.

Rafinski began her duties Monday with the OACC and will stay on as interim leader until a permanent president is selected.

She retired from Clark State’s helm on July 1 after a 16-year tenure.

During that time, the college’s enrollment more than doubled and it expanded to include a Greene County campus located in Beavercreek.

The Clark State Foundation ranks first among Ohio community colleges in its endowment funds per student.

“I know community colleges inside and out; I know the culture,” Rafinski said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to helping the OACC with a seamless transition to a new permanent president.”

The OACC is an association founded in 1993 representing Ohio’s 23 community colleges.

In a career spanning 41 years in Ohio and Minnesota, Rafinski’s roles have included faculty and athletic director. She was the first woman in Minnesota to direct a men’s athletic program.

In 2008, the Association of Community College Trustees selected Rafinski for the Mary Martin Chief Executive Award, which honors the country’s top CEO.

Rafinski resides in Springfield.


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