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The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the college and reports directly to the Board of Trustees. The President exercises broad delegated authority with responsibility for all aspects of campus administration, in addition to implementing policy and administrating oversight for all college programs and facilities.


A. Provides professional advice and leadership to the Board of Trustees to aid in the Board's decision-making process.

B. Reviews, recommends and implements Board policies through regular administrative processes.

C. Provides leadership, professional development and coaching to the top management team, administration and the college staff in general.

D. Provides planning and leadership to ensure the college has the human resources necessary for an effective institution.

E. Provides planning and leadership to ensure the college has the financial resources necessary for an effective and efficient institution.

F. Demonstrates a commitment to leadership, assistance and guidance to all aspects of public and private fundraising related to the college and the KCC Foundation.

G. Represents the college, or delegates authority, through membership and participation in local, regional and state-wide agencies such as the Economic Alliance, South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium, WIOA, Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Council of Community College Presidents, Illinois Community College Board, etc. as beneficial to Kankakee Community College.

H. Maintains, implements and provides leadership for the institution's strategic plan, master facilities plan and master land use plan.

I. Represents the college through membership and participation with national agencies and organizations as necessary.

J. Assesses the need for, and recommends the addition of, new programs and services aligned with the advancement of the college's mission and purpose.

K. Assesses the need for, and recommends the addition of, new programs and services aligned with the needs of Business and Industry, the students, the commuity, and local K-12 systems.

L. Establishes and maintains working relationships with superintendents and principals of schools, key area business executives, elected officials, legislators, and other community college leaders.


A. An earned doctorate degree from an accredited institution is required.

B. A minimum of five years of successful leadership and management experience at the executive level with significant decision-making responsibility for supervision/management, budgets, personnel, and/or programs in a post-secondary or technical environment.

C. Experience in community colleges and familiarity with the Illinois system of community college governance and coordination are preferred.

D. Experience with underserved at-risk population segments is preferred.

E. Qualified candidates must have strong oral and written communication skills.

F. Qualified candidates must be functionally literate in computer skills.

G. Experience in contract negotiations and/or interpretation is desired.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A confidential review of materials will begin in November. The college wishes to identify a new President by February 11, 2019 with a start date of July 1, 2019.

To ensure full consideration, the following materials should be included and submitted with this online application by 8 a.m. November 12:
  • Letter stating how you would meet the desired characteristics and requirements in 5 or less pages.
  • Current resume including email address and mobile phone number.
  • Candidate Cover Sheet, a one-page summary of your professional career.
  • List of eight references with names, home and business phone numbers and email addresses:
    • three from supervisors (board members may be included),
    • three from direct reports,
    • two from faculty and staff of current and/or former institutions
Unofficial transcripts will be required at the time of interview.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about Kankakee Community College or an electronic version of the Presidential search brochure, visit our website,