Black Hawk College's new leader is now on the job. Last month, the board of trustees hired Dr. John Erwin as interim president.
He'll serve in the position while the college looks for former President Bettie Truitt's permanent replacement.
At this point in the academic year, Erwin says Black Hawk's budget is balanced. But soon, he'll have to start working on next year's budget, and uncertainty about state funding will probably continue to be a problem.
Erwin says Black Hawk College already had to cut jobs due to falling enrollment. Now he's like to see the school capitalize on its strengths, such as its Criminal Justice and Equestrian Science programs.
Most recently, Erwin served as interim president of Marion Technical College in Ohio. Before that, he spent 15 years as president of Illinois Central College in East Peoria.
Dr. Truitt retired at the end of last month. But Erwin says they had lunch together the other day, and she gave him lots of information and tips.