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About the College
Black Hawk College’s district office is located at the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline, while the East Campus is located five miles south of Kewanee. Black Hawk College serves all or part of nine counties in northwestern Illinois with a population of more than 225,000 residents.

Operated as one college with two campuses and several outreach sites, Black Hawk College offers both career and transfer programs. The college also offers a wide range of special purpose and community outreach programs.

Black Hawk College offers a full array of student clubs, honor societies, athletic programs and judging teams. Athletic teams compete in the NJCAA Arrowhead Conference.

Black Hawk College operates within Illinois Community College District #503, an area encompassing 2,200 square miles in nine counties of northwestern Illinois (Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, Marshall, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark and Whiteside). In addition to full-service campuses in Moline and near Kewanee, the college operates the Adult Learning Center in Rock Island, the Community Education Center in Kewanee, the Industrial Training Lab Extension Center in Moline, the Outreach Center in East Moline, and the Welding and Skilled Trades Center in Kewanee. The college offers a variety of career and transfer programs and serves more people than any other institution of higher education in the Quad-Cities area.

Fast Facts
Spring 2018 enrollment as of 1/16/2018:

Quad-Cities Campus 3,041 students and 27,601 credit hours

East Campus 655 students and 6,738 credit hours


From the 2017 Consumer Report:

  • Annual enrollment 9,209
  • Students in developmental courses: 15%
  • Students by gender: Male 45%, Female 55%
  • Minority enrollment: 31%
  • Fall to spring semester retention: 72%
  • Transfer rate in three years: 30%
  • Certificates and degrees awarded: Certificates – 288 / Degrees – 557
  • Associate of Applied Science programs offered: 27
  • Certificate programs offered: 57
  • Credit and non-credit courses offered: 1,727
  • High schools offering dual credit options – 18
  • Dual credit enrollment – 1,258

Black Hawk College Quick Facts

Athletics and Housing
Black Hawk has men’s basketball, baseball and golf and women’s softball, basketball and volleyball at the Quad-Cities Campus. The college is also a member of the Arrowhead Athletic Conference. The college has an aquatic center featuring a large swimming pool. There are few natives from the Illinois side of the River who didn’t learn to swim in the college pool!

The college also has student housing at both campuses.

About the Area

In addition to Black Hawk, the major higher education institutions include Augustana College (private) in Rock Island, St. Ambrose University (private) in Davenport, and Eastern Iowa Community College/Scott Community College in Bettendorf. Western Illinois University has a campus on the Mississippi River in Moline, Palmer College of Chiropractic is located in Davenport, and Trinity College of Nursing is in Rock Island. The University of Iowa, Upper Iowa University, Kaplan, and Hamilton Tech also have a presence.

The largest employers in the area include Deere and Company, Rock Island Arsenal, Genesis Health System, Unity Point-Trinity Health, Hy-Vee, Tyson Fresh Meats, Davenport Community Schools, Arconic (Alcoa), and Oscar Mayer.

Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

The Quad Cities area features the Figge Art Museum, Putnam Museum, and German American Heritage Center in Davenport, along with the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island. Learn more about things to do in the Quad Cities.

Kewanee is an ideal location, situated less than an hour’s drive from metropolitan areas with nearly half a million in population. Kewanee is also served by two Amtrak trains which carry passengers to and from Chicago. Community services include a fine, modern new hospital, as well as health clinics and physicians, dentists and specialists who practice here regularly.

Shopping is available both in Downtown and Southtown retail districts. Kewanee historically has been a retail center serving not only our residents, but people from towns within a radius of 25 miles.

Kewanee Chamber of Commerce

Campus Profiles

Quad-Cities Campus
The Quad-Cities Campus is located in Moline, IL and is also home to the district office. There are just over 3,000 students on campus in a variety of programs. The Student Life Office works hard to ensure students enjoy many exciting events throughout the academic year. Events include interactive activities, refreshments and dynamic presenters and groups. A wide variety of clubs cater to many interests and students are free to join and take part.

East Campus
East Campus is about 55 miles from the Moline campus, 5 miles south of Kewanee, and 5 miles east of Galva. About half the enrollment of 655 students are agriculture or equine majors. The Agriculture/Equine program is known for its successful livestock, equine, soils, and agriculture judging and show teams. Many of the students enrolled at the East Campus are from Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, and surrounding states. Kewanee is the largest city in the east side of the district with about 12,500 citizens. Galva has about 2,500 citizens. Geneseo is located about half way between Moline and Kewanee and has about 6,500 citizens.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission Statement

Black Hawk College enriches the community by providing the environment and educational resources for individuals to become lifelong learners.

Vision Statement

Total accessibility, quality instructional programs, student-centered services, and strategic alliances position Black Hawk College as the preferred choice for education and training.

Core Values

  • Caring and Compassion – We advocate being kind, considerate, and empathic as we work toward our collective and separate goals.
  • Fairness – We promote consistency and evenhandedness in our policies, procedures, and dealings with others.
  • Honesty – We advocate being truthful, sincere, and candid in all aspects of our daily activities.
  • Inclusion and Diversity – We value the inclusion of all individuals and celebrate their unique attributes, characteristics, and perspectives.
  • Integrity – We promote being trustworthy, honorable, and consistent with our values in our interactions with others; we do the right thing even when it is not popular or easy.
  • Respect – We treat others with positive regard and esteem.
  • Responsibility – We are accountable, dependable, and reliable as we follow through on our commitment to teaching excellence, student learning, and service to others.

Opportunity Overview

Community Partnerships
A versatile leader able to build community partnerships which will further the mission of the College is needed. This innovative leader will need to be a positive and visible presence in the diverse communities served by each of the college campuses, encouraging community involvement at each. This president will not only have an appreciation for workforce development programs, but a commitment to and understanding of how these programs benefit the College and the community.

Financial Acumen
Experience with state funding models, managing enrollment, and strategic planning will serve the next president well. The College has robust foundations on each campus and needs a president who is well versed in supporting the foundation and encouraging community support. An advocate is needed at the state level, as well as in the local community. The college is operating with a balanced budget and has strong reserves, but has experienced significant budget cuts within the last years to generate the financial strength it now has.

Relationship Builder
The next leader will need to create positive cultural change and enable the progression of new programs and innovation. The College needs a dynamic leader who has demonstrated interpersonal skills, a talent for mentoring, the ability to communicate across groups, and previous success with labor relations. An understanding of union environments and successful experience with negotiating is a necessity. This president will see the value in professional development for all levels of employees. A leader who establishes transparency and encourages inclusion of campus groups in decision making processes is needed. A leader with an approachable personality who interacts with employees at all levels, as well as students, is needed in order to increase morale and trust on the campuses. The next leader will support student success by delivering access to quality education, advancing economic development and promoting a collaborative culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Multi-campus Experience
The Quad-Cities campus and East Campus at Black Hawk College each have unique programs, student groups, faculty, and staff. The East Campus has a nationally known agricultural program while the Quad-Cities Campus houses successful traditional transfer programs. Visionary leader of integrity who has demonstrated ability to lead, inspire and manage a multi-campus organization. An innovative leader that can present a record of achievement in establishing partnerships with local business, academic institutions, and communities. This leader will strike the balance between supporting these individual campuses while also instilling a sense of overall community. A value for students across programs will serve the next president well.

Education and Experience

  • Masters Degree from an accredited institution required; earned doctorate preferred.
  • Significant administrative experience required; administrative experience at a community college preferred.
  • Teaching experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated leadership and communication skills with all segments of the college community, other educational entities, governmental agencies, legislative bodies, business, and industry.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a comprehensive community college philosophy including area vocational/technical, liberal arts, and adult continuing education and community services.
  • Experience in working in collective bargaining process and administering a master contract.
  • Experience in dealing with both urban industrial and rural agricultural communities.
  • Knowledge of budget process, resource allocation planning and management in public community college with local, state, and tuition funds.
  • Ability to work with an elected board in establishing and implementing college goals and policies.
  • Experience or knowledge of multi-campus district operations preferred.
  • Should be a dynamic educational leader possessing outstanding communication skills, desire for hard work, humor, and the ability to inspire confidence and respect.

Application Process

Printable Position Profile

Please direct all confidential inquiries and nominations to the College's search consultant, Rebecca Albertini, Vice President of Operations, Pauly Group, Inc., 3901 Wood Duck Drive, Suite E, Springfield, IL 62711, EMAIL: rebeccaa@paulygroup.com, Phone: 815-521-1593, FAX: 217-241-5401

Please submit electronically to rebeccaa@paulygroup.com the following documents as MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments: (1) a cover letter that addresses the Opportunity Overview; (2) a current résumé; and (3) names and contact information of five professional references.

The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by Monday, March 5th, 2018 receiving priority consideration. All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant.

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