After an extensive national search, the Eastern Iowa Community College District (EICCD) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce four finalists for the position of District Chancellor. A search committee comprising college faculty, staff and students, as well as the general public, began interviewing semifinalists in May, recommending finalists to the Board.
The Chancellor Search was extended in April after three of the four finalists withdrew to accept other positions. The extension opened up opportunities for additional highly qualified candidates to apply for the position, resulting in an outstanding group of candidates.
The finalists include: Ellen Bluth, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development, EICCD, Davenport, IA; Thomas McDonnell, Ed.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs at Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE; Kimberly Paddock-O’Reilly, D.H.Ed., previously served as Provost at Logan University, Chesterfield, MO, current Co-Owner and Coach of KLP Coaching in St. Charles, MO; Sonya Williams, Ph.D., Vice President of Education and Chief Academic Officer at College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL.
Current EICCD Chancellor Dr. Don Doucette announced last October that he will be retiring in June. Dr. Doucette has served as the district’s chancellor since 2011.
The four finalists will be invited to participate in public forums the week of June 6 throughout the district, which includes Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges. They will also be interviewed by the EICCD Board of Trustees, who will make the final selection. The appointment is expected to be announced in late June.
The college invites and encourages everyone to participate in the open forums. There will be a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a question-and-answer session. Forums will be conducted in-person at the SCC Urban Campus, Muscatine Community College (MCC), Scott Community College (SCC) and Clinton Community College (CCC), with a Zoom option for the forums at the SCC Urban Campus. All forums are open to anyone from any campus and the general public. Masks are optional. All who attend will be asked to complete a feedback form and the completed forms will be given to the Board of Trustees for their review.
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For more information visit eicc.edu/chancellor