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Dreith, Administrators Address JALC Staff

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

John A. Logan College President, Dr. Mike Dreith

Second-year JALC President, Dr. Mike Dreith, addresses employees Wednesday prior to the start of the fall semester. (Logan Media Services photo)

CARTERVILLE – Second-year John A. Logan College President, Dr. Mike Dreith, said now is not the time for the college to rest on its laurels. Rather, it’s time for change – positive change.

Dreith addressed a large gathering of employees Wednesday morning in O’Neil Auditorium as a kickoff to the new school year and emphasized that the college is indeed taking action to exact positive change in the form of a five-year strategic plan, which the veteran administrator said “validates” what school leaders already knew – that JALC is a top-notch academic institution.

“But why not go from good to great? Job No. 1 is improving student success,” Dreith said. “We also need to strive to have a more diverse student body and workforce and we should continue to examine management practice and improve it where necessary.”
Dreith said better operational effectiveness remains a goal in order to move the college forward.

Vice President for Instruction, Dr. Deborah Payne, said students today are “global citizens” in the broad sense because of their expertise in social networking and use of the Internet. But there is not much depth to their knowledge.

Dr. Deborah Payne and Dr. Steve O'Keefe

Vice President for Instruction, Dr. Deborah Payne, is shown here preparing to speak to faculty and staff. She is assisted by Dr. Steve O’Keefe, Director of College Relations. (Logan Media Services)

“That’s the value of education that we bring to them (as an instructional staff). It is our job to help these students become better thinkers, doers, and citizens.”

Payne added that staffers need to make all students, part-time or full-time, feel welcome.

“We need to make them feel like this campus belongs to them,” she said.

Vice President for Administration, Dr. Tim Daugherty, made a presentation on the college’s extension center in West Frankfort moving to a new location on the west end of town. He showed still photographs of the newly renovated former Southern Illinois Surgical Appliance Center.

Daugherty also announced that there would be an open house for the facility at 5 p.m. on Sept. 24. A public hearing on the new budget and board of trustees meeting will follow in the conference room of the extension center.

Vice President for Business Services and College Facilities, Brad McCormick, spoke about the mass shooting exercise, with the aid of a brief video clip, held last May and how promptly and efficiently campus police responded to the mock emergency.

Board of Trustees Chair Jake Rendleman said he hopes staffers are excited about helping incoming students realize their potential for learning with the start of a new school year. Rendleman also spoke to his experience with the Illinois Community College Board and made it known that JALC, like other schools statewide, is operating at funding levels reminiscent of 1983, which adds to the challenges faced by the current administration and board.

Watch the welcome address.