Finalists for next SCC president announced

Southeast Community College’s Board of Governors today named four finalists in the search to succeed current President Dr. Jack Huck, who is retiring in June 2014.

Dr. Dale Kruse, Board treasurer and chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said the finalists are Dr. Hank Dunn, Ivan Gorne, Dr. Dennis Headrick, and Dr. Paul Illich.

Following are educational background summaries of the finalists:

Dunn serves as the president of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, N.C. He previously served as the chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana Region in Indianapolis, Ind. He earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Indian River Community College, Florida; a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Education from the University of Florida; a Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling from Florida Atlantic University; and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida.

Gorne serves as the vice president for student services, facilities and operations at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Wash. He previously served as the vice president for student services at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Social Science Education and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Administration from Pacific Lutheran University, Washington, and a Juris Doctorate for the University of Puget Sound School of Law, Washington.

Headrick serves as the vice president for instruction at Southeast Community College. He previously served as the vice president for instruction and Beatrice Campus director at SCC. He earned an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from SCC, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Administration degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Illich serves as the vice president for research, planning and information technology at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. He previously served as the senior director of institutional effectiveness and planning at McLennan Community College. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Blinn College, Texas; a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas State University, Texas; and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Experimental Psychology from Texas A&M University.

To read more about each finalist, click on the Presidential Search box on the homepage of the website, then click on the names of the finalists.

Kruse said each presidential finalist will participate in an open public forum at each of SCC’s three campuses the week of Dec. 2. The forum schedule will be released later this week.

“We invite and encourage everyone to attend the open public forums,” Kruse said in a memo to SCC employees. “These forums are open to faculty, administrators, staff, students, and the general public. There will be a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a question-and-answer session.”

Persons needing more information are asked to contact Kruse at dkruse@windstream.net,402-239-5513,or the Association of Community College TrusteesSearch Consultants, Dr. NarcisaPolonioat narcisa_polonio@acct.org, 202-276-1983 (cell)orJulieGolder,J.D., jgolder@acct.org, 202-775-4474(office),202-384-5816(cell).

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For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing
402-323-3401
sosterthun@southeast.edu