July 25, 2016

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New leader named for Akron U’s Medina center

Denise Testa

LAFAYETTE TWP. — Denise Testa is the new director of the University of Akron — Medina County University Center.

She replaces Jim Boyes, who retired March 30.

“The center was originally started in collaboration with our local business, education and community leaders in Medina County,” Testa said in a statement. “We intend to continue and expand these partnerships by offering academic programs taught by UA’s highly qualified faculty.”

The center, which opened in 2008, has enrolled more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students in various degree programs and classes, including general education, nursing, business and education.

It also partners with local businesses to offer noncredit programs in supervisory leadership, insurance and customized training courses.

Testa, 42, lives in Jackson Township. In her new position, she will earn $75,000 a year.

She became director April 1 and was associate director for student services at the University Center for six years. Before that, she worked at Kent State University’s Tuscarawas campus and at the University of Akron’s office of admissions.

“I’m really excited to continue working with our Medina County communities and their leaders,” she said.

“I anticipate that we will continue to provide relevant and strong programs to our communities.”

Testa is a graduate of Leadership Medina County Class of 2009 where she co-chaired the class project, Food for Families, which collected more than 16,000 pounds of food for the Coalition of Medina County Food Pantries.

Testa received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Akron.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.