David H. Ponitz

President Emeritus
Sinclair Community College
(Commissioner Alternate)
(937) 434-6640
590 Isaac Prugh Way, #667
Appointment Term: 
Oct 30, 1997

From 1975 to 1997, Dr. Ponitz was president of Sinclair Community College. He now serves as President Emeritus. Dr. Ponitz is also a founding member of the Miami Valley Research Park, and has led Sinclair into corporate training contracts with more than 200 companies including General Motors, AT&T, GIS and the MEAD Corporation.Empowered by Dr. Ponitz's leadership, Sinclair has grown from an enrollment of 7,500 students, to an enrollment of more than 20,000. In 1989, Dr. Ponitz presided over the opening of the $24 million dollar Sinclair Center for Corporate and Community Education. The 200,000- square-foot center, renamed in his honor a year later, annually serves the non-credit needs of more than 10,000 additional students.Dr. Ponitz has been named by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as one of America's Top 100 College Presidents, a recipient of the Thomas J. Peters award for leadership excellence in the community college, he was named the winner of the Association of Community College Trustees' 1989 Chief Executive Officer award and many more.Dr. Ponitz received his bachelors degree in1952 and masters degree in 1954 from the University of Michigan and his doctorate in 1964 from Harvard University. Updated: 8.23.2012