The Office of Vice President, Workforce Development & Corporate Services

Deborah L. Norris joined Sinclair Community College in September 2006 in the newly created position of Vice President for Workforce Development & Corporate Services.  In this role, Deb oversees a team that is responsible for understanding the workforce needs of employers and then developing a wide range of services to meet those needs.  Services include consulting, assessments, and training and development engagements. Deb is also responsible for the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing (AIM) Center; The Sinclair Conference Center (David H. Ponitz) and Continuing Education programs focused on industry recognized certifications for individuals. In her role, Deb also oversees many of Sinclair’s regional workforce initiatives including Ohio Skills Bank and the Regional Workforce Transformation Consortium housed at Sinclair.    


Deb comes to Sinclair with over 25 years of extensive business experience including sales, marketing, and management in a variety of business environments including Fortune 500 companies, a technology startup, a business to business brand consulting agency, and a management consulting firm.  These companies include Right Management Consultants, LexisNexis and AT&T. 


Deb was appointed by Governor Ted Strickland to serve on the newly formed Governor’s Workforce Policy Advisory Board. In addition, she serves on the executive committee.  Deb serves on the Governing Board and executive committee of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, Deb was chosen to represent Sinclair on the National Composite Center (NCC). She is a member of Wright State University’s Raj Soin School of Business Management Department Advisory Board. Deb is an active member of the Dayton Rotary Club where she serves on the Membership Recruitment and Blue Ribbon committees.  She is a member of the Miami valley Human Resources Association (MVHRA). She currently serves on the Daybreak Board and is the former Chair of the March of Dimes Board and for many years served as President of the Clothes that Work! Board. In May 2008, Deb was one of 25 leaders in the community selected to serve as one of the 88th ABW Honorary Commanders at WPAFB. 


Deb was honored in 2005 by being selected as one of Dayton’s Ten Top Women by the Dayton Daily News. Deb was also a 2008 recipient of the Women of Influence award given by the Dayton YWCA.  Deb holds an MBA and BS in Business from the University of Dayton.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Dayton Program and has also attended the executive education program at the University of Michigan’s Business School.  Deb lives in Germantown, Ohio with her husband Craig, and their eight dogs and one cat, all strays that they have rescued.


“Deb Norris has a proven track record of creative problem solving and strategic thinking to assist client companies in aligning their people strategies with their corporate business goals.  She will bring her considerable experience in meeting the ongoing needs of Miami Valley employers to the Governor’s Workforce Policy Advisory Board,” said Sinclair President Steven Lee Johnson.  "Her appointment is also an indication of the depth of Sinclair's realigned commitment to workforce development in partnership with entities like the Dayton Development Coalition, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and Montgomery County.  This is a critical area of our state's economic development strategies and, through Deb Norris, Sinclair is pleased to be a major contributor to these efforts.”


Through Deb's leadership, Sinclair's Workforce Development & Corporate Services Organization has adopted the following mission statement:


“Your partner in meeting the workforce learning needs of individuals, 
employers and the community through an array of innovative, 
high-value, customer-focused programs and services.”