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  • Board Selects Illich to be Next SCC President

    Southeast Community College’s Board of Governors has selected Dr. Paul Illich to be its next president, effective July 1, 2014.

    Illich, the vice president for research, planning and information technology at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, was selected by a unanimous vote of the Board to become the school’s next president during a special meeting Friday afternoon in Lincoln.

    Board member Kathy Boellstorff made the motion, saying that the Board’s decision was “tentative, pending a successful visit to the campus of Illich’s current college, an acceptable background check, successful negotiation of a contract, and final approval of the contract by this Board.”

    Other finalists for the position were Ivan Gorne, J.D., vice president for student services, facilities and operations at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Wash.; Dr. Dennis Headrick, vice president for instruction at Southeast Community College; and Dr. Hank Dunn, president of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, N.C.

    Current SCC president, Dr. Jack Huck, is retiring in June 2014 after serving 20 years in that capacity.

    Prior to his current position at McLennan, Illich served as the senior director of institutional effectiveness and planning at the school. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Blinn College in Texas, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas State University, and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Experimental Psychology from Texas A&M University.

    An SCC team comprised of Board members and one faculty member plans to visit McLennan Community College next week.

    The search for SCC’s next president began in July. A search committee comprised of members of the Board of Governors, employees and one SCC student narrowed the list of applicants to four finalists.

    Each of the four finalists participated in a series of public forums held at SCC’s Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford campuses Monday through Thursday of this week. Each finalist also was interviewed by the Board of Governors.

    SCC serves a 15-county area of southeast Nebraska and has full-service campus operations in Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford. More than 10,000 students attend the College.

    The Association of Community College Trustees was hired by SCC’s Board of Governors to conduct the search.

    Four finalists for next president announced

    Nov. 12, 2013

    TO:  Southeast Community College

    FR:  Dr. Dale Kruse, Treasurer, Board of Governors and Chair, Presidential Search Committee

    RE:  Announcement of Presidential Finalists

    After an extensive national search, the Southeast Community College Board of Governors is pleased to announce that there are four presidential finalists. Your contribution to the many accomplishments at SCC was instrumental in the recruitment of top-caliber candidates.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Presidential Search Committee for its dedication, commitment and hard work on behalf of Southeast Community College.

    The Southeast Community College finalists are (in alphabetical order):

    Dr. Hank Dunn. 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.

    Mr. Ivan Gorne, J.D. 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 from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, Washington.

    Dr. Dennis Headrick. 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.

    Dr. Paul Illich. 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.

    Each presidential finalist will participate in an open public forum at each of our campuses the week of Dec. 2, 2013.  We invite and encourage everyone to attend the open public forums. 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.

    Should you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me: Dr. Dale Kruse at dkruse@windstream.net, 402-239-5513 or to our ACCT Search Consultants: Dr. Narcisa Polonio at narcisa_polonio@acct.org, 202-276-1983 (cell) or Julie Golder, J.D.,  jgolder@acct.org, 202-775-4474 (office), 202-384-5816 (cell).