Senior Executive Assistant to President
Secretary | Board of Trustees
Dr. Doreen Larson is the fifth President of Edison State Community College. She began her position at Edison State on July 1, 2015, and is the first female president of the College. After spending 10 years gaining experience in Massachusetts and West Virginia, Dr. Larson is pleased to return to her home state of Ohio.
Doreen Larson grew up on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a Doctorate in Special Education from Kent State University, a Master's Degree in Education from John Carroll University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. In 2011, she was inducted into the Mayfield High School Hall of Fame in recognition of her lifelong commitment to increasing access to education for minorities and people with disabilities. Dr. Larson was elected to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors in 2015.
Her experience in community college education began at Lakeland Community College in Ohio as a tenure-track faculty member, Dean of Counseling and Assistant Vice President for Student Access and Services and she established the first office of services for students with disabilities at Lakeland. Dr. Larson then served as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts. At Holyoke, she increased the diversity of the students and staff by developing college teams and partnering with local K–12 school systems. In 2010, she was awarded the Massachusetts State Women’s Leadership Award and was selected as a member of the AACC Commission on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
In 2010, Dr. Larson was selected as the President of Pierpont Community and Technical College, located in West Virginia. She focused on regional partnerships, outreach to veterans, increased graduation rates and workforce training. In honor of her father, Joseph Shell, and his lifelong employment in the Electric Utility Industry, Doreen Larson and her husband established an endowed scholarship for students qualifying for the Pierpont Electric Utility Technology Program.
Business partnerships have been a hallmark of Dr. Larson’s career and she plans to reach out to regional businesses and economic partners as the new President of Edison State. In the past, Dr. Larson has collaborated with FirstEnergy Corporation to develop degree pathways for power plant employees and also for utility line workers. She created the first national online career coaching system linking One-Stop employment centers to community college training. Recently, Dr. Larson was successful in collaborating with the oil and gas industry in West Virginia, resulting in the launch of the Pierpont Petroleum Technology program.
As a couple, the Larsons are active and well-known community supporters. Dr. Larson and her husband, Len, were the co-chairs of the record-breaking 2013 Marion County, West Virginia United Way Campaign. The couple is also active in Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels projects. The Larsons reside in Sidney, Ohio, with their standard poodle, Jack. Doreen Larson is a competitive distance runner, holding age-group race records in Massachusetts and West Virginia. Dr. Larson is proud to note that her three sons and her husband, all began their higher education at community colleges.