The 2024 Jacket Summit conference is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th from 8:30-12:30. The Summit is designed to complement Defiance College's unique career readiness program called Jacket Journey. In Jacket Journey, we require students to spend four years developing the “language of employability.” To ensure this occurs, we are inviting area businesses, community leaders, school districts, and non-profits to join us at the Summit, where we will share a brief update of recent news from the college, engage you as employers and community leaders to discover what we can do to assist you with your employment needs, and Dean Monske of Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) will offer an economic development overview of our region. If you are interested in attending, please complete the Registration Form to RSVP. 
Date:  Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Keynote Speaker:  Dean Monske of Regional Growth Partnership (RGP)
Time:  8:30 AM until 12:30 PM (including light breakfast and fun lunch)
Location:  Serrick Campus Center (for Check-in)
Parking:  Serrick Campus Center lot and the Hubbard Hall lot located off of College Place

Dean Monske



In February of 2011, Dean Monske was named President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP).  The RGP is a private, nonprofit development corporation dedicated to fostering local, national, and international economic growth opportunities for northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Prior to his appointment as President & CEO of the RGP, Dean was the Deputy Mayor for External Affairs in the administration of Toledo Mayor Michael P. Bell.  Dean's area of responsibility was coordinating the City of Toledo's economic development efforts.

Mr. Monske also served as Vice President with the Regional Growth Partnership from 2006-2009.  His responsibilities as Vice President included engaging investors in the business community, working with regional partners from both the private and public sector responsible for business retention and expansion, and serving as the Executive Director of the Oregon Economic Foundation.

Dean is a past board member for the Ohio Tax Credit Authority, past Executive Board member and Region 2 Director for the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) and past President of the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association (NORED).

He was born and raised in Toledo and is an alumus of Bowling Green State University.



Bridgette Winslow
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

419-783-2395 | bwinslow@defiance.edu