As We See It: A Survival Guide for Community College Administrators and Trustees
by John H. Anderson, Donald G. Crist
and Charles R. Novak
Publisher: New Education Press
Year of Publication: 2009
Page Count: 90
Foreword from Book:
The American Community College movement has become an international movement. Why would other nations want to replicate this movement, this institution of higher education? The answer can be simple or complex depending upon your perspective, but the foundation is the same . . . people helping people to develop personally and professionally.
The American public has learned throughout history that the success of our organizations, both public and private, is truly dependent upon the people comprising them. Now, enter the global environment where boundaries have been erased, or at least blurred, and the continued success of our organizations will, again, depend upon the people doing the work to compete in this new, expanded arena. And, it will be the community college that, again, acts to develop in our citizens new personal and employment skills, as well as the preparation to excel in universities at home and abroad. Additionally, the community college must continue to strengthen its evolving role in economic development as well as its expanding partnership with the nation's K-12 system.
This is a comprehensive and ambitious mission, but it is also the reason that the American Community College is an essential ingredient to this country's success, and it is why other countries want to emulate the American system. Thus, we need visionary leaders in our community colleges. It is the passion of past and current leaders that has defined our success to this point, and it will be your passion that defines a future that no other sector of higher education shall match.
In the spirit of the community college approach to personal and professional development, we bring the teachings and advice of our experts to you. The three authors of this book are such experts. I am personally and professionally acquainted with each of them and the wisdom they have shared is fundamental to success in an education system that has become a world leader on many fronts. The lessons they have learned in their careers are illustrated for you as a guide, a primer, for your community college administrative career. Take to heart their teachings and use their book as a reference as you progress in your own career and carry the "people's college" to new heights.
Keith Miller, Ph.D.
President, Greenville Technical College
Chairman of the Board, American Association of Community Colleges
John H. Anderson was a teacher in Michigan before earning a masters degree from Arizona State University. He was a high school teacher, counselor and coach in Arizona. John then accepted a position at Northwestern Michigan College where he served for sixteen years in various Student Services positions and was an instructor in Astronomy. During this time he earned his doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from ASU. He served in the positions of Dean of Instruction and Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at community colleges in Michigan and West Virginia before accepting the presidency at Northland Pioneer College in Arizona in 1991. After six years as president, John retired and represented NPC at the Arizona State Legislature for three years. John was honored to serve as President of the Arizona Community College President's Association and the Arizona Community College Association, and has been active in civic and professional organizations. John has completed interim presidencies at Black Hawk College and at Rock Valley College in Illinois. He was managing partner of Synergy Strategists, an education consulting group.
Donald G. Crist was at the right place at the right time in Illinois for the beginning of the community college movement. In the early 70's Don began teaching on a part-time basis at Carl Sandburg College. He left the public school for the community college in 1977, and for 30 years thereafter held positions of tenured faculty member, program director, division chairperson, dean, vice-president of instruction, and president. He was given a distinction of President Emeritus upon his retirement in 2002. Don served as consultant/evaluator/team leader for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools for many years. He was president of the Illinois Community College Council of Presidents in 2000/2001; he was the recipient of the George E. Warren Outstanding Business Leader Award in 1994, and the Illinois Community College Trustees Association Certificate of Merit in 2002. The Crist Student Center was named in Don's honor in 2003 by the Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees. Don was a guest columnist for the Galesburg Register Mail from 1999-2002.
Charles R. Novak is President Emeritus of Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois where he served for thirteen years until his retirement in 2001. During his career he served twenty three years as a community college president and a number of other years as a continuing education officer, a chief financial officer and a chief academic officer. From 1997 until 2003, Novak served as the Statewide Chair of the Illinois Leadership and Core Values Initiative. The purpose of the Initiative was to engage Illinois' forty-eight community colleges in serious discussions about the leadership behaviors which support the consideration of values and ethics in the workplace. Although retired, Novak has returned to work on many an occasion to help the community colleges. He now has over twenty five years experience as a community college president after serving in several interim roles. In 2006 the Illinois Community College Trustees Association awarded him the Certificate of Merit for his service to the community colleges of Illinois.
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