Eight candidates have been selected to be interviewed for the vacant position of president of Shawnee Community College.

Interviews are scheduled to run through August, and dates for each candidate’s interview will be announced.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a presidential search committee is developing public forum options that will allow for input from students, employees and community members.

Each candidate has a doctorate in a related field. More detailed information on each candidate can be found at www.shawneecc.edu.

Candidates are:

Heather Bigard, an Illinois native, is currently the executive vice president at Lake-Sumter State College, a public community college serving more than 5,000 students in Central Florida.

In that position, she provides strategic leadership to the areas of finance, facilities, information technology, institutional research and improvement, eLearning, human resources, athletics, financial aid, and security.

Kathleen Curphy has a wealth of experience and achievements in the leadership of two-year colleges and in business and industry, including one year as interim president at Shawnee Community College.

She has over 25 years of experience as a two-year college administrator, 15 at the senior level, where she provided executive-level leadership for rural and urban multi-campus institutions.

Tim Taylor has an extensive background in academic leadership, community partnerships and performance-based curriculum design. He began his career in a faculty role and quickly moved to leadership positions in business, technology, skilled trades and agriculture.

Most recently, he served Oakland Community College (OCC) as campus president with responsibilities as chief operating officer for the college’s two largest campuses.

Denise Crews is a first-generation college graduate and has been involved with community colleges for more than 20 years, beginning her career as a special educator in Metropolis.

She currently serves as vice president for academic affairs at Richland Community College, serving previously as a director and associate dean at John A. Logan College in Carterville.

Scott Stallman currently serves as vice president of instruction at Lone Star College-Tomball, located in Houston’s northwest suburbs.

In his present position, he manages the library and academic division with 4 deans, 107 full-time faculty, over 300 adjuncts, 35 staff members, and a 19 million-dollar annual budget. He also leads several designed to improve student success and increase enrollment at the college.

Carry DeAtley most recently served as provost, interim president, and vice president of instruction and economic development at Coastal Bend College (CBC) in Beeville, Texas.

During her time there, she advanced the Texas Pathways initiative by increasing student support programs, math pathways, program mapping, initiating inclusive access and working with faculty on open educational resources.

Richard Pagan, a first-generation Hispanic college graduate, is a strong advocate for community college and workforce education.

His experience in higher education is broad and deep. He has extensive experience as vice president of academic and student affairs, corporate senior vice president, campus director, division chair (dean), program coordinator, faculty, and military technical instructor.

Paige Niehaus has 29 years of community college experience. At the start of July, she was appointed as the vice chancellor of innovation and student success, from her previous position as provost for strategic initiatives and executive director of the Design Center, at Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) in Detroit, Michigan.

Prior to WCCCD, she was the director for Workforce Development at Joliet Junior College in Joliet.

For more information about the community college’s presidential search or open forums, contact Emily Forthman, SCC human resources director, at 618-634-3223, or emilyf@shawneecc.edu.

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