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College Overview

Lewis and Clark Community College is a two-year higher education institution with multiple campuses, a river research center, a humanities center, a training center and Community Education Centers located throughout the more than 220,000-person college district, which reaches into seven counties.

In addition to offering associate degrees and certificates in more than 40 career programs and numerous transfer options, the college has something for just about everyone, including College for Kids, a nationally accredited dual credit program for high school students, GED completion and a robust Workforce Training Program, affiliated with the Houston Area Safety Council. Several colleges and universities also offer bachelor and master’s degree programs on Lewis and Clark's campus.

The college serves nearly 3,500 students annually in addition to a large non-credit and adult education student population. Lewis and Clark is a national and state award winning standout among Illinois community colleges. This year marks the college’s 50th anniversary of empowering people.

Lewis and Clark employs around 636 employees and adds $338.5 million in regional income annually, which represents 4.6 percent of the regional economy (www.lc.edu/economicimpact).

The Godfrey main campus is also unique – known for its beautiful, historic location on the grounds of the former Monticello College, the second oldest all-female college in the nation. The campus also features a number of eye-catching sculptures and fountains as part of the Monticello Sculpture Gardens, a Signature Garden site for the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and a botanic garden in its own right (www.lc.edu/gardens).

The buildings on the N.O. Nelson Campus in Edwardsville, formerly the site of a manufacturing company, were on Illinois' list of "Ten Most Endangered Historic Sites" prior to Lewis and Clark purchasing the complex and renovating the buildings. The campus is now home to more than 750 students and numerous community events, making this restoration one of the most successful preservation initiatives in Illinois.

Lewis and Clark is dedicated to public engagement, from "greening" the campus, reducing the college's carbon footprint and providing technical assistance in sustainable practices and education (www.lc.edu/green), to delivering affordable healthcare to underserved populations throughout the district with a Mobile Health Unit and a federally-funded Family Health Clinic – currently the only nurse practitioner clinic operated by a community college (www.lc.edu/fhc).



Though Lewis and Clark Community College was founded in 1970, its roots in education run deep. The historic Godfrey Campus was previously home to Monticello College, the second-oldest female college in the nation, which was founded by village namesake Capt. Benjamin Godfrey in 1838.

L&C’s first students, totaling 450, attended the college in 1970, alongside the last students of Monticello.

Over the years, the college has grown to include a campus and humanities center in Edwardsville, community education centers in Carlinville and Jerseyville, a training center in Bethalto, an adult education center in Alton, and a river research center in East Alton. In 2019, through a grant and directive from the Illinois Community College Board, L&C began offering classes on the East St. Louis Higher Education Center campus in East St. Louis.

The N.O. Nelson Campus in Edwardsville also has historic roots on the grounds of a former manufacturing company founded in the late 1800s. The buildings were on Illinois' list of "Ten Most Endangered Historic Sites" prior to Lewis and Clark purchasing the complex and renovating the buildings. The campus is now home to nearly 750 students and numerous community events, making this restoration one of the most successful preservation initiatives in Illinois.

The year 2020 marks 50 years of empowering people in District 536, enhancing their lives through training and education, as well as unique experiences for Riverbend residents and visitors of all ages.

Today, the college serves nearly 3,500 students annually in addition to a large non-credit and adult education student population and is a national and state award winning standout among Illinois community colleges.

Quick Facts

  • Lewis and Clark’s Automotive Technology, Dental Hygiene, Paramedicine, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assisting and Dual Credit programs are all nationally accredited.
  • Lewis and Clark’s strategic business partners include Phillips 66, Ford Motor Company, Olin Corporation, Alton Memorial Hospital, OSF St. Anthony’s Hospital, American Water, Swarovski, Steinway Pianos, Miller Welding Equipment, Cee Kay, the Missouri Botanical Garden and others.
  • Lewis and Clark’s Godfrey Campus hosts more than 200,000 visitors every year. One event, the Bike MS Gateway Getaway Ride, draws thousands to campus every September over a two-day period.
  • This fall, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two cases (one criminal; the other civil) live in the Ann Whitney Olin Theatre of L&C’s Hatheway Cultural Center.
  • Lewis and Clark outperforms its peer institutions in terms of enrollment, retention and graduation rates, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • The college has 10 National Junior College Athletic Association sports – women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, women’s and men’s basketball, baseball, softball, golf and men’s and women’s tennis.
  • The 2019 Trailblazers women’s soccer team made it to the semi-final round at the NJCAA National Tournament this fall, and player Boitumelo Rabale was named National Junior College Women's Soccer Player of the Year by United Soccer Coaches. The team has two national championships – 1999 and 2008 – and Head Coach Tim Rooney is the NJCAA’s all-time winningest women’s soccer coach.

Counties Served
The college serves Madison, Jersey, Calhoun and Greene counties, most of Macoupin county and small parts of Scott and Morgan counties. Here is a map of our district: MAP

Campus Profiles

Godfrey Campus

5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey, IL 62035 – The historic main campus is located in Godfrey on the grounds of the former Monticello College.

N.O. Nelson Campus

600 Troy Rd., Edwardsville, IL 62025 – The historic N.O. Nelson Campus in Edwardsville serves around 750 college and high school students and is home to the college’s Process Operations Technology and Instrumentation and Control Systems programs and the St. Louis Confluence Fab Lab.

Bethalto Training Center

1136 East Airline Drive, East Alton, IL 62024 – The Bethalto Training Center houses the college’s Truck Driver Training program, as well as the college’s Workforce Education Solutions and Safety Training division.

Scott Bibb Center

1004 East 5th Street, Alton, IL 62002 – The Scott Bibb Center houses many of the college’s Adult Education programs, including Highway Construction and YouthBuild Americorps.

Macoupin County Community Education Center

18400 Shipman Rd., Carlinville, IL 62626 – The Macoupin County Community Education Center offers certain enrollment, advising and academic services to district residents in a convenient Macoupin County location.

Tri-County Community Education Center

100 Lincoln, Route 16, Jerseyville, IL 62052 - The Tri-County Community Education Center offers certain enrollment, advising and academic services to district residents in a location convenient to Jersey, Calhoun and Greene counties.

East St. Louis Higher Education Center

601 James R. Thompson Blvd, East St Louis, IL 62201 - The East St. Louis Higher Education Center, through Lewis and Clark, aims to address and meet the educational and employment needs of East St. Louis, Illinois, through collaborative partnerships with the school district, local community colleges and universities, employers, workforce development, and a host of other long standing community organizations.

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

www.ngrrec.org – 1 Confluence Way, East Alton, IL 62024 - NGRRECâ„ , a division of Lewis and Clark Community College, is dedicated to the study of great river systems and the communities that use them. The center, which overlooks the Mississippi River, aspires to be a leader in scholarly research, education and outreach related to the interconnectedness of large rivers, their floodplains, watersheds, and their associated communities.

Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities

1210 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL 62025 – The MJCH aims to be a leader for helping individuals and communities across the globe embrace the notion of respect, understanding, kindness and forgiveness through humanities leadership and STEAM programming.

About the Area

Lewis and Clark Community College District No. 536 serves nearly 220,000 people and reaches into parts of seven counties – Madison, Jersey, Calhoun and Greene, most of Macoupin and parts of Scott and Morgan counties.

Lewis and Clark’s campuses, research, humanities and community education centers are located throughout the Riverbend, a growing region in Southwest Illinois located just 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis near the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

The region boasts both historical significance and scenic beauty. Residents enjoy a relaxed rural environment with close and immediate access to St. Louis and its arts, culture, sports and more.

The local economy has grown and diversified, replacing its historical dependence on manufacturing with a full spectrum of new and expanding businesses in the financial, service, industrial, transportation and tourism trades.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Opportunity Overview

Lewis and Clark Community College enjoys a positive reputation with in its district and communities. Many of the employees are long-time residents of the local area and are passionate about the College, its mission, and serving the students. The culture of the college is student-oriented, friendly, with a high level of teaching and learning. It is expected that the next President will be available, approachable, and committed to engaging faculty, staff, and students on a regular basis.

In recent years, the College has struggled with enrollment decline and shrinking budgets. Experience with overcoming enrollment challenges as well as developing and implementing new programs will be necessary skills for the next President. The successful President will have had success in creating buy-in and implementing positive change.

The President of the College is the chief executive, administrative, and development officer of the college. The President derives authority from and is responsible to the Lewis and Clark Community College Board of Trustees, taxpayers, students, faculty, staff, stakeholders, and residents of District 536. The President’s primary responsibility is to provide vision for the college and continuous leadership for the planning and operation of all aspects of the college’s programs and services in alignment with the Board of Trustees, Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the Higher Learning Commission policies, rules, regulations, and state and federal law.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree
  • Four years of senior-level administrative experience, preferably within higher education
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain external partnerships and programs
  • Knowledge of community college governance, funding, and resource management
  • Understanding of public sector collective bargaining and a unionized workforce
  • Appreciation for the uniqueness of the community college mission is a necessity

Demonstrable Traits & Characteristics

  • Innovative recruiting ideas and ability to successfully implement them on a college-wide basis
  • Appreciation for diversity
  • Visionary with the ability to create buy-in and implement change
  • Develop partnerships that lead to program development that meet the needs of the service area
  • Strong commitment to serving the residents of the service area through programs such as Lewis and Clark’s program “College for Life”
  • History of successful board relations
  • Understanding of shared governance
  • Success in cultivating and raising alternate funds, such as grants, foundation donations, and relations with governmental officials
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to listen to all stakeholders to obtain input, make strong decisions, and communicate the outcomes
  • Other personal characteristics include: personable, visionary, sense of humor, and approachable

Application Process

Printable Profile

Please direct inquiries and nominations to the College’s search consultant: Angela Provart, President Pauly Group, Inc, 3901 Wood Duck Drive, Suite E Springfield, IL 62711, Phone: 217-241-5400, Fax: 217-241-5401, E-mail: aprovart@paulygroup.com

Please submit electronically to aprovart@paulygroup.com the following documents as Adobe Acrobat attachments or MS Word: (1) a cover letter that addresses the Required Qualifications and Desired Characteristics & Traits listed in 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 Friday, March 13, 2020 receiving priority consideration. All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant.


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