October 14, 2015

BY STEVE O'KEEFE and JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of President Mike Dreith by a 5-2 vote at a special meeting of the board Wednesday evening.

Terms of the resignation agreement were not disclosed. Both Dreith and the board agreed that it is in each party’s best interest to accept the resignation, allowing Dreith to pursue other professional opportunities.

Voting in favor of accepting the resignation were trustees Bill Alstat, Bill Kilquist, Cheryl Graff, Jake Rendleman and Chairman Don Brewer. Voting not to accept the resignation were trustees Ray and Jackie Hancock. Student trustee Brandi Husch also cast a no vote, although it’s a non-binding advisory vote.

The board then voted to hire Dr. Ron House of Benton as the interim president, replacing Dreith, by the same 5-2 count.

House most recently (2010-2014) served as Director of Land Management with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, including time as Executive Director of the World Shooting Complex in Sparta.

From 2007 to 2010, he was Director of SIU Service Centers at Rend Lake College and Olney Central College.

From 1997 to 2006, House served as Executive Director for Southwestern Illinois Higher Education.

From 1985 to 1997, he was the Executive Director for the Eypgian Labor Management Council.

From 1973 through 1997, he was Executive Director of the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market.

And since 1988, he has served as President of House & Associates Consulting.

House has earned three degrees from SIUC, including a doctorate in higher education with a specialization in academic administration.

Dreith served JALC as president for three years, beginning in 2012.