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Finalists for EICC Chancellor

Public forums will be held next month for the four finalists for chancellor of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. Wednesday the board of trustees named the possible successors to Don Doucette who's going to retire in June.

The original search was extended in April after three of the four finalists dropped out to accept other jobs.

The four finalists are:

- Ellen Bluth, Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development, for the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges,

- Thomas McDonnell, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Metropolitan Community College, in Omaha,

- Kimberly Paddock-O’Reilly, who previously served as Provost at Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri,

- and Sonya Williams, Vice President of Education and Chief Academic Officer at College of Lake County, in Grayslake, Illinois.

Public forums with the finalists will be held during the week of June 6 throughout the district, which includes Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges. A final choice is expected to be announced in late June.

The search committee included faculty, staff, students, and residents of the college district.

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.