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EICC Chancellor Search

TO: Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
FROM: Robert H. Gallagher, Chair, Board of Trustees and Chancellor Search Committee

I am pleased to inform you that the Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Sonya Williams as the next Chancellor of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. She will begin her duties on August 8. We welcome Dr. Williams’ leadership as we begin the next chapter of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ history.

Dr. Sonya Williams currently serves as Vice President of Education and Chief Academic Officer at College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL. She previously served as Dean of the Arts and Sciences Division at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL. Dr. Williams earned a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma; a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Anatomical Sciences and Cell Biology/Neurosciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center; and completed post-doctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine. She also served as a Captain in the United States Air Force.

Dr. Williams’ two decades of academic leadership include experience and expertise in areas that directly address the challenges and opportunities identified in the position profile, including enrollment management and student success, online and concurrent enrollment, and shared governance. We are confident that she can move the college forward in these key areas.

On behalf of the Board, I would also like to extend my appreciation to the entire college community for your participation at the recent Chancellor forums. All feedback was reviewed and greatly valued by the Board. Everyone’s collaborative and concerted work truly enriched the search process. I would also like to express my appreciation to the Chancellor Search Committee for their time, dedication and thoughtful work on behalf of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our ACCT Search Consultant: Daniel LaVista, Ph.D., ACCT Search Consultant,, (804) 426-5444 (mobile)

EICC Community:

The EICC Board of Trustees has scheduled a Special Board meeting for 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 16 to appoint the next Chancellor of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. You are invited to attend the meeting, as well as the news conference afterward, where the new Chancellor will be introduced.

This very brief meeting will be at the SCC Urban Campus, Rooms W116/117, and will be available via Zoom at The news conference will begin a few minutes later in THE Community's Room, and will be available live on the college’s YouTube channel and here.

I hope that you can join us for this announcement as we welcome our next leader.

The Board of Trustees has announced that the search is underway for the next Chancellor of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.

Applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges are currently being accepted until the position is filled.

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The Candidates

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The Process

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The Timeline

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The Position

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The Colleges

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The Community

It is the policy of Eastern Iowa Community College District not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status, as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Debora J. Sullivan, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer/Equity Coordinator, Eastern Iowa Community College District, 101 West Third Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801, 563-336-3487, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, , John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730- 1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email: