Sinclair administrator resigns for consulting job in drone industry

Deb Norris, left, plans to leave Sinclair Community College in Dayton for a new job. LISA POWELL / STAFF
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Deb Norris, left, plans to leave Sinclair Community College in Dayton for a new job. LISA POWELL / STAFF

A Sinclair Community College administrator is leaving the school and plans to do consulting work for the drone industry.

Deb Norris, Sinclair’s vice president of workforce development and corporate services, will leave the college on Aug. 4. Norris has been at the school for nearly 11 years, she said.

“It’s been a great run, it really has,” Norris said. “I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

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Norris said she plans to do consulting work for the unmanned aerial systems industry. She declined to say exactly who she will be working for.

Norris said she plans to remain in the Dayton region and will continue to be an active member of the community.

Sinclair started offering a certificate program in UAS training in 2011 and soon hopes to offer a bachelor’s degree.

In an email to the college on Friday, Sinclair president Steve Johnson praised Norris for her work, calling her a “visionary leader.”

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Norris helped found Sinclair’s UAS program and make possible the world’s first indoor drone flying pavilion, which the college opened in 2015, Johnson said. Johnson also said Norris increased Sinclair’s partnerships with area businesses, schools and other organizations and also helped boost attendance at events at the college’s conference center.

“On behalf of the entire college, thank you to Deb for her daily commitment to living the message of our founder, David Sinclair,” Johnson said. “Please join me in honoring Deb for her passion for Sinclair, thanking her for her extraordinary service to our community, and wishing her well in her future endeavors.”

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