June 25, 2014

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.”

Board Chairman Jake Rendleman stated that Klinkenberg’s selection was a positive move for the College.

“The board and the search committee put a great deal of effort into this search,” he said. “I have no doubt that we have hired an outstanding administrator to lead our instructional division.”

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.

In other board news, Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Education, Tim Daugherty, reported that enrollment for the summer semester is up compared to last summer’s enrollment. According to Daugherty, summer 2014 enrollment at the College is 3,564 compared to 3,470 in summer 2013. Daugherty added that while enrollment continues to go up, the College is still experiencing a decline in credit hours.

“The national trend is continuing to affect our enrollment,” he said. “More students are coming to John A. Logan College, but they just cannot take very many classes because of work and family obligations.”

Members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society gave updates on recent chapter activities. Denetta Magruder summarized her week-long experience in New Zealand and Australia visiting healthcare facilities and working with medical staff and patients. Magruder was selected for the trip through Phi Theta Kappa's International Scholar Laureate Program.

Student Trustee Kayla Malone announced the following awards that were earned at the Illinois Regional PTK Convention in Elgin: Five-Star Chapter Development Award, Honors in Action Project Award, College Project Award, Horizon Award and Outstanding Advisor Award for Chapter Advisor Adrienne Barkley Giffin, Hall of Honor Officer Award and Outstanding Officer Award for Chapter President Anna Buetow, Spirit Award for Chapter Secretary Brandi Husch, and the Outstanding Chapter Award. Husch also announced her election as Southern District Vice President for the Illinois Region.

The board approved the following consent agenda items: joint agreement with Kaskaskia College; renewal of agreement with Poshard Foundation, Prevailing Wage Act resolution, inter-fund loans from working cash to the trust and agency fund and the restricted fund, renewal of insurance package, renewal of contract with Education Solutions, adopted resolution approving a mutual agreement with the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, approved the low bid by Heartland Mechanical Contractors to replace the building “G” cooling tower, Protection Health and Safety application for building “A” roof replacement, 2015 and 2016 RAMP plan, approved the low bid of Starship Cleaning by Starshine Cleaning.

In addition to naming Klinkenberg as the Vice President for Instructional Services the board approved a one-year contract extension and 2.5% percent salary increase to President Dreith.

Board Chairman Jake Rendleman commented on the importance of extending the presidents contract.

“This is a difficult time for community colleges in Illinois,” he said. I feel that now more than ever it is important for the board and president to work as one, and with this unanimous vote to extend the president’s contract, we can continue to move forward in a positive direction.”

No other personnel actions were available at press time.