Hghland trustees announce presidential transition

Highland Community College Board of Trustees Chair Douglas Block announced to faculty and staff that Trustees intend to name current Executive Vice President Tim Hood as the eighth president of Highland Community College upon the retirement of current President and CEO Dr. Joe M. Kanosky on June 30, 2015. Trustees intend to formalize the appointment during their January 20 regular board meeting.

Hood has been serving in the role as executive vice president and has overseen day-to-day operations of the College since his unanimous appointment to the position in August 2014 as part of the Board's transitional plan.

Prior to becoming executive vice president, Hood served as Highland's vice president of academic services since January 2011 and has been instrumental in leading the development of new programs and dual credit opportunities with high schools throughout the district.

Block addressed College employees on January 8 during the College's Spring Semester Opening Days event.

"As Board members, our most important responsibility is to secure the right leadership to help the College successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead," said Block. "The Board has spent significant time in discussion and determined that Tim Hood has the right skills and vision for the future of the institution. His ideas about where the College should be headed are a good match with the Board's intentions."

Prior to coming to HCC, Tim Hood served as dean of corporate training and community education at Kaskaskia College before becoming vice president of instructional services there in March 2007. Before  moving into educational administration, Hood was a faculty member at Southern Illinois University (SIU) from 2001-2005, and previously an associate professor at Madisonville Community College in Kentucky from 1993-2001. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Hood was the general manager for an automobile dealership in southern Illinois and later became an officer for a media/marketing company that helped bring minor league baseball operations to Marion, Illinois.

Hood was an honors graduate from SIU with a Master of Science degree in organizational communication and is currently finishing his dissertation for a Ph.D. in instructional communication. As a past president of the Illinois Community College Chief Academic Officers (ICCCAO) organization, he is well connected with other college and university administrators throughout the state.

Tim and his wife, Valerie, are the parents of five daughters. The Hoods and their youngest daughter reside in Freeport and enjoy the landscape and quality of life in northwest Illinois.


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