ICCTA meeting fosters leadership collaboration


Representatives from community colleges throughout southern Illinois gathered recently for the Illinois Community College Trustee Association (ICCTA) southern region meeting at Shawnee Community College. Among those attending were, from left: Jacob Rendleman, Dr. Frank Barbre, Jimmy D. Ellis, Debbie Hughes, Don Patton, Brian Durham, Mandy Little, Jim Reed, Steven Etter, Dr. Pat York, Cathy Belcher, Steve Heisner and Michael McMahan.

Shawnee Community College (SCC) recently hosted the Illinois Community College Trustee Association (ICCTA) southern region meeting on the main campus of SCC. The gathering brought together representatives from institutions from the southeast region of Illinois to talk about both current events in higher education and student engagement.

The evening began with a welcome from SCC Interim President Dr. Kathleen Curphy and opening remarks from Shawnee College Trustee Don Patton, SCC's ICCTA representative.

Attendees also heard a presentation by Steve Heisner, SCC trustee and vice president of administration and human resources for Dippin' Dots.

Heisner shared the story of Dippin' Dots, a global company that was founded by a Shawnee College Alum. The evening program also included informative presentations by ICCTA Executive Director James Reed and ICCB Executive Director Brian Durham.

Speaking on behalf of the institution, Patton remarked, "The southern region meeting was a great opportunity for area community colleges trustees and administrators to exchange valuable ideas and information. I was very pleased that executive directors Jim Reed, of the ICCTA, and Dr. Brian Durham of ICCB, took the opportunity to provide the group with informative statewide updates; we are certainly encouraged about the future."

The meeting featured representatives from Shawnee Community College, John A. Logan College, Rend Lake and Southeastern Illinois College.

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