Posted March 26, 2021
Jessie Tower, of Lorain, is returning to her alma mater as its newest trustee. Tower, who is a 1979 graduate of Lorain County Community College where she also served as a Student Senator, was sworn in for a five-year term that ends in January 2026.
Before graduating from LCCC, Tower attended and graduated from Clearview High School in 1977. Tower holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Cleveland State University, a Master of Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. She is an attorney and Certified Public Accountant.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to give back by serving as a member of the LCCC District Board of Trustees,” Tower said. “I have experienced first-hand the value of Lorain County Community College as a graduate and have witnessed its continuing impact on students, our economy and entire community.”
She was appointed to the LCCC Board by the Lorain County Commissioners in January. The commissioners appoint six of the LCCC Board members while the remaining three are appointed by Ohio’s governor.
She is the oldest of 10 children and is the daughter of Rev. Peter and Clara Tower. She also serves as the organist for her church.
Tower has 30 years of experience in state government. She started out as an entry-level junior auditor and worked her way up in state government and served in several leadership positions including chief auditor, section chief, bureau chief and assistant deputy director. She retired from the Ohio Department of Job & Family Service on August 31, 2011 with 30 years state service. She currently serves as director of Tower Educational Learning Center.
She is a member of many professional organizations and serves on various boards in the community including Let’s Get Real, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit Recovery Community Organization whose mission is to provide information, education and resource assistance to families and loved ones in their journey from addiction to recovery, chair of the Board of Trustees for Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, parliamentarian for the Lorain County Alliance of Black School Educators Inc., and secretary for the Lorain County Republican Party Central Committee.
“Jessie’s wealth of experience and passion for our community will be a great benefit to the Board and guiding LCCC in serving the needs of our community during a very important time,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. “As an LCCC graduate, she understands the important role the College plays in improving lives through quality, affordable access to higher education.”
At the state level, Jessie was appointed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and confirmed by the Senate to the Minority Development Financing Advisory Board for a term running from November 9, 2020 to September 30, 2026. The Minority Development Financing Advisory Board assists the Development Services Agency in creating employment opportunities and wealth in the minority business community.