The presidential search committee for McHenry County College (MCC) has announced four finalists for the next college president. The national search, directed by R.H. Perry & Associates, a national executive search firm, produced a group of candidates. According to MCC, the four finalists embody the qualifications and characteristics of highest importance to MCC stakeholders, as indicated in the Presidential Profile, and they all have demonstrated a philosophy consistent with the mission, vision, and goals of MCC.
Dr. Laurie Borowicz is currently the Vice President of Student Services at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, WI, a position she has held since 2009. She has served in multiple roles at the college since 1999, including Dean of Student Success, Director of K-12 Programs, and Adjunct Instructor. Her leadership has focused on building collaborative, strategic partnerships with local K-12 school districts, institutions of higher education, and local businesses, and creating educational pathways to help close the skills gap in north central Wisconsin. Dr. Borowicz has secured multiple grant funds, and implemented a strategic enrollment management plan and other technology applications to increase enrollments. She has provided statewide leadership on the Wisconsin Technical College System Student Success Initiative, developing uniform metrics and benchmarks for the 16 colleges in the system, and has presented nationally on this topic. Prior to working at Northcentral Technical College, Dr. Borowicz held positions as a high school guidance counselor and county social services specialist. She has demonstrated a commitment to diversity and helping others achieve their personal and educational goals throughout her professional career. Dr. Borowicz has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI and a Doctor of Education degree from Edgewood College, Madison, WI.
Dr. Clinton E. Gabbard currently serves as Vice President of Student Services at Lake Michigan College. His previous academic roles include Vice President of Student Services for Walla Walla Community College, Director of Counseling and Psych Services at Purdue University, and Psychologist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Notre Dame. Dr. Gabbard also co-founded TrestleTree Inc., a private sector behavior health service for employers, and served as Director of the Family Life Center. Dr. Gabbard earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from Evangel College. Gabbard believes in the mission of McHenry County College and would love the opportunity to work side-by-side with every person in the college and in the community who have dedicated themselves to teaching, to learning, and to student success.
Dr. Keith Cornille is currently Senior Vice President for Student Development at Madison Area Technical College (Madison, WI) where he is responsible for the leadership and oversight of student services and development, presenting programs and services that promote student development, building inclusive learning communities, and preparing students for successful work and global citizenship. Prior to joining Madison Area Technical College, Keith served in various student services positions at Indiana University-Southeast (New Albany, IN), College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL), and Richard J. Daley College in Chicago. Keith has earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College; a master’s degree in Education Administration from Northeastern Illinois University, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, and earned an Associate of Arts from the College of DuPage. Dr. Cornille’s philosophy as an educator is rooted in the simple principle that education is essential to the economic, intellectual, and social growth and development of a community, and insuring the opportunity for the sharing of differing ideas and opinions. He believes in creating opportunities and organizations that build inclusive learning communities that provide access to higher education for all learners, while remaining accountable to the students and communities we serve, and ensuring that we are reflective and responsive to the needs of our community.
Dr. Karla Fisher serves as Vice President of Academics at Butler Community College (KS). In that role, she is responsible for the college’s six academic divisions including industry-relevant career/technical education, undergraduate transfer and reverse-transfer programs, developmental education and college readiness programs, and related support services. She also oversees the management of Butler extension sites. Recently she was named the National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) 2015 Chief Academic Officer of the Year. During her tenure at Butler, she led development of an Early College Academies strategy to allow high school students to earn college credit and workforce credentials while still in high school. Also, she was instrumental in establishing Butler’s Center for Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at the Boston Rec Center in partnership with the City of Wichita, as well as the opening of a new Fire Science facility in partnership with the City of El Dorado. Working with the Institutional Research office, she led the college’s most recent strategic planning process, involving the entire college community in developing a new vision for Butler’s future. From January to July 2013 Fisher served as Interim President of Butler. The college was reaccredited in June 2013 with no recommendations. Fisher holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin’s Community College Leadership Program, as well as an M.A. in Communication and a B.A. in English from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She also holds a vocational certificate from UCMT in Salt Lake City and attended community college classes while working on her bachelor’s degree.
Members of the community are invited to meet each of these candidates during special, community sessions scheduled during the week of November 30-December 4, 2015. Please see the community meeting schedule below. We encourage you to attend one session per candidate.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Dr. Laurie Borowicz: 3-4 p.m. in Room B166-167
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Dr. Laurie Borowicz: 1:15-2 p.m. in Room A217 (Board Room)
Dr. Clinton Gabbard: 3-4 p.m. in Room B166-167
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Dr. Clinton Gabbard: 1:15-2 p.m. in Room A217 (Board Room)
Dr. Keith Cornille: 3-4 p.m. in B166-167
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Dr. Keith Cornille: 1:15-2 p.m. in Room A217 (Board Room)
Dr. Karla Fisher: 3-4 p.m. in Room B166-167
Friday, December 4, 2015
Dr. Karla Fisher: 1:15-2 p.m. in A217 (Board Room)
Woodstock Police Department officers responded to the 400 block of Oakwood Avenue after a concerned citizen noticed suspicious activity at a neighbor's residence. On the arrival of the officers, they saw three men, who were not residents of the home, in the process of burglarizing the home. The three subjects fled the area on foot. During a subsequent search of the area, two out of the three subjects were located and detained. Due to the close proximity between the incident and a school, Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 was told of the incident and the schools were put on a "soft-lockdown" purely as a precaution. The search for the third individual continues. He is described as a thin male/black, nearly 6 feet tall, with "dreadlodks" wearing a hooded, patterned darker sweatshirt and light gray sweatpants. Police are now saying that a gun that was apparently stolen from the home has been recovered. Anyone with information on the third suspect is encouraged to contact the Woodstock Police Department at 815-338-2131.