June 25, 2014

STEVE O'KEEFE
College Relations

The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Laurel Klinkenberg of Cedar Rapids, Iowa as the College’s new Vice President for Instructional Services replacing Dr. Deborah Payne, who recently retired.

 Klinkenberg comes to JALC from Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa where she most recently served as the Dean of Communications, Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts.  Klinkenberg brings with her over 20 years of community college experience as both a classroom instructor and administrator.  A native of Iowa, she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Wartburg College, as well as both a master’s of science in education and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Iowa State University.  She also earned and education specialist degree from Drake University.

Klinkenberg was selected after a national search that included interviews and evaluations from a selection committee comprised of President Mike Dreith, Vice Presidents Tim Daugherty and Brad McCormick and representatives from a cross section of the College.  The search committee selected two finalists that were then interviewed by the board of trustees.

Dreith believes that the search committee and the board of trustees found an outstanding administrator in Klinkenberg.

“I think she impressed the board and the administration especially with her understanding of the elements of student success, and strategies on how to improve it here at John A. Logan College,” he said. “She is also very engaging and I think the faculty and staff will be pleased with just how approachable she is.  I also feel that of all the candidates she was the most in touch with the current literature on community colleges. She was the candidate that really struck me as the proper fit for John A. Logan College.”

Klinkenberg is excited about the opportunity to be the chief academic officer at JALC.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the new Vice-President for Instructional Services,” she said. “I was drawn to John A. Logan College because the college has a strong commitment to achieving excellence and promoting student success. The college has a dedicated faculty, staff, administration, and Board of Trustees and I look forward to working closely with each group to help students reach their educational goals.”

Klinkenberg will officially start work at her new position later in the summer, but plans to travel to the College several times after her official start date is determined to help ease the transition.