Southeastern Community College

Southeastern Community College’s new President is excited for the new opportunities awaiting himself and the college.

Dr. Michael Ash comes to SCC via State Fair Community College, where he most recently served as Executive Assistant to the President for Resource Development and External Affairs at the school in Sedalia, MO.

He was selected from a field of more than two dozen candidates to replace Dr. Beverly Simone, who is retiring after 40-years in the community college system, the last seven of which were as SCC’s president.

Southeastern Community College has identified its next president. 

The college’s Board of Trustees has chosen Dr. Michael Ash from a field of 30 candidates.

The trustees said, in a news release sent Friday morning, that the details of Ash’s contract and his official start date have not been finalized.

They will be voted on, though, during a future meeting.

Ash previously served as Executive Assistant to the President for Resource Development and External Affairs at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO.

The Board of Trustees for Southeastern Community College (SCC) has revealed the three finalists in its search for a new college president.

They are Dr. Michael Ash, Dr. Keith Cornille and Dr. Dale Doty.

Dr. Ash currently serves as Executive Assistant to the President for Resource Development and External Affairs at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO.

Southeastern Community College has narrowed the field in its search for a new president.

Board of Trustees Chairman Brian Roth says the college received 30 applications from individuals interested in replacing current President Beverly Simone.

Simone is retiring after 6 ½ years with SCC.

Roth says a search committee, consisting of college and community leaders, has identified three finalists. 

He says they were selected based on a review of the candidates and a series of SKYPE interviews conducted Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

Southeastern Community College will need to spend some of its own money to add on to one of its facilities.

The college wants to add some classroom and lab space at the site of its Emergency Response Training Center in Fort Madison.  It is located along Ortho Road roughly one mile from Fort Madison Community Hospital.

SCC planned to pay for the construction of a new building with state money.  The college is eligible for roughly $700,000 over two fiscal years.

Southeastern Community College will soon have to fill another vacancy in a key position.

Dr. Phil Thomas has informed the college that he is resigning effective August 15.  He has served as Vice President for Teaching and Learning for the last two years.

Thomas has not identified his new employer as its Board has not yet voted on his appointment.  He expects a public announcement to be made after May 25.

Thomas sent an email to faculty and staff on Wednesday that said he would stay with SCC through a visit by the Higher Learning Commission August 13-14.

The Keokuk Re-Engagement Center could be up and running within a few weeks.  It will be located on Southeastern Community College’s local campus.

The goal of the center is to combine education and job training.

The Region 16 Workforce Investment Board has been directly involved in the development of the center. 

Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz says it will allow individuals who are seeking a GED to also gain certification in one of 15 specialized fields.  They include carpentry and auto repair.

Southeastern Community College President Beverly Simone used last night’s Board of Trustees meeting to announce her retirement after 6 1/2 years with the college.

She emailed a copy of her statement from the meeting to college employees Monday night.

In it, Simone, who turns 66 this summer, says with many of her close friends retired and her family out of the area,she will retire this summer.  She says she will work with the Board of Trustees to determine a mutually agreeable date.

Simone will serve as President until her retirement takes effect.

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics conducted national adult literacy assessments in both 1992 and 2003. 

They were designed to judge literacy proficiency for the nation and for large sub-groups.

The results showed that 14 percent of the adults did not have more than the most simple of literacy skills.

Paula Faulkner says she is seeing examples of this in her role as volunteer literacy coordinator for Southeastern Community College.

The organization representing Southeastern Community College’s faculty says it is worried that President Beverly Simone is jeopardizing the college’s accreditation.

The SCC Higher Education Association has sent a letter to the college’s Board of Trustees outlining its latest concerns and some possible solutions.

The SCC HEA expressed no confidence in Dr. Simone last year.

The college’s Board of Trustees said, after several months, that it remains confident in her and her commitment to the college.

The Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees has released a statement in response to the SCC Higher Education Association's vote of no confidence in President Beverly Simone.

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