Former Vice President, Peterson Returns to JALC
July 29, 2015
STEVE O'KEEFE, Ed.D
The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees took action Tuesday to fill three key positions on campus, at least for the short term.
With the fall semester starting in less than a month, the board voted to appoint Dr. Larry Peterson as the interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Education for a period of at least six months.
Peterson is no stranger to John A. Logan College, having worked at Logan from 1987 to 2007 as an advisor, assistant women’s basketball coach, director of financial assistance, and executive director of human resources, as well as Vice President from 2004 until 2007 when he left to take over as President of Shawnee College. Retired since 2012, Peterson is looking forward to the opportunity to return to JALC where he will replace Tim Daugherty who retired in June.
“John A. Logan College is very special to me and I hope that experience as both a President of Shawnee and a Vice President at John A. Logan College will help through this transition period,” Peterson said.
In addition to the appointment of Peterson, the board voted to appoint Mark Henson as the interim dean for instruction. Henson, the current associate dean, will fill the position that has been vacant since April. Tim Williams will serve as the interim associate dean.
Board Chairman Don Brewer said that it was vital that the board fill those positions with the start of the fall semester just around the corner.
“These positions are crucial to our day-to-day operations and we felt that to best serve our students we needed experienced administrators in these positions while we navigate through this transition period,” he said.
In other board news, trustees voted 5-1 to end funding for athletic housing beginning in July 2017. President Mike Dreith stated that coaches can still offer housing if they raise the money to cover the estimated $150,000 cost. Trustee Jake Rendleman voted against the measure while recently elected trustee, Bill Alstat, abstained.
Vice President for Business Affairs and College Facilities, Brad McCormick, publicly thanked the College’s budget officers and staff for their efforts to make major cuts to expenditures for FY 16. McCormick added that Logan has not received an equalization payment from the state since January and that the efforts of the staff had insured a budget that was in the black for the coming year.
The board took the following consent agenda action: Joint agreements with Rend Lake College, Shawnee College, Illinois Eastern College, Kaskaskia College and Southeastern Illinois College for various degree programs; insurance renewal; athletic insurance renewal; and the athletic team transportation bid to Southwestern Illinois Bus Service.
In old business, the board approved the FY 16 budget. A public hearing was held prior to the start of the regular board meeting. No objections to the budget were filed and the budget becomes effective immediately. The next regularly scheduled board meeting is slated for August 25 and the fall semester will begin August 19.
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