A vice president of a community college in Texas has been chosen as the next president for Southeast Community College.
The Southeast Board of Governors has unanimously voted to make Paul Illich its next leader, with an official start date of July first next year.
Illich is vice president for research, planning and information technology at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.
The decision remains tentative until Illich passes a background check and the board negotiates a successful contract with him.
Kathy Boellstorff, a member of the SCC Board, made the motion to hire Illich, stating the Board’s decision was “tentative, pending a successful visit to the campus of Illich’s current college, an acceptable background check, successful negotiation of a contract, and final approval of the contract by this Board.”
The other finalists for the position were Ivan Gorne, J.D., vice president for student services, facilities and operations at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Wash.; Dennis Headrick, vice president for instruction at Southeast Community College; and Hank Dunn, president of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, N.C.
Current SCC president, Jack Huck, will retire in June after 20 years of service.
SCC serves a 15-county area of southeast Nebraska with campuses in Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford. More than 10,000 students attend the SCC.