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Board Extends Search for New Chancellor

At a meeting on Saturday, the trustees decided to postpone finalists' interviews that were scheduled for this week.


The EICCD sent WVIK News the following press release Saturday afternoon, April 2nd, 2022:

The Eastern Iowa Community Colleges District (EICCD) is waiting a little longer than previously expected to interview finalists for the position of District Chancellor. Though two finalists were announced late last week, upon further consideration the EICCD Board of Trustees voted to extend the search during a meeting Saturday.
“This decision is not a reflection on our interest in the two recommended finalists; we remain committed to fully considering these two exceptional professionals,” said EICCD Board of Trustees President Robert Gallagher, who also chairs the search committee.

“However, in order to ensure the Board completes its full due diligence, we have decided to extend the search to consider additional final candidates. Quite simply, for a decision of this importance, we want to consider a larger slate of candidates.”

The finalist public forums previously scheduled April 4 – 6 have been postponed. The college is in the process of developing the schedule for reopening the search and reconvening the search committee. The search committee is comprised of college faculty, staff and students, as well as the general public. The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is also assisting in the national search.

Current EICCD Chancellor Dr. Don Doucette announced earlier this year that he will be retiring in July. Dr. Doucette has served as the district’s chancellor since 2011.

“The Board’s number one priority is to make the best choice for EICC, its students and employees, and our communities,” said Gallagher. “We are grateful to the Chancellor Search Committee for the thoughtful consideration and significant time they’ve invested, and we look forward to a successful completion of the chancellor search process.”

For more information on the search process, visit eicc.edu/chancellor

(End of press release from EICCD)

Previous version:
(Please note the information in this version is out of date and the public forums have been cancelled.)

Public forums will be held this week for the two finalists for chancellor of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.

Last week, the board of trustees announced a committee had narrowed the search to Ellen Bluth and John Maduko.

Bluth is the college district's Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development, while Maduko is Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

A search committee made up of faculty, staff, students, and district residents began interviewing semi-finalists in March, then recommended finalists to the Board. One of the two will replace current Chancellor Don Doucette who will retire in June after leading the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges since 2011.

Both finalists will participate in public forums this week on the three campuses - in Clinton, Muscatine, and the Quad Cities - with Maduko Monday and Tuesday, and Bluth on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A final decision by the board of trustees is expected later this month or in May.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.
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