Prairie State College Names Two to Administrative Positions [09/04/2015]
Prairie State College (PSC) recently named two new administrators on campus. Gregory Kain was named executive director of information technology resources, and George Pfotenhauer was named chief of police.
As executive director of information technology resources, Kain provides vision and direction for developing and implementing information technology projects. He oversees college’s technological resources, works with the Technology Planning Committee to implement the strategic plan for technology, and provides oversight for future projects. He also oversees the planning, acquisition and operation of the college’s information technology resources and works to accomplish the college’s technological goals and objectives.
Kain comes to PSC from WAKA Group, LLC in Reston, Va., where he was director of technology. Before that, he served as coordinator of web development and then director of application development at Governors State University in University Park, Ill., manager of software development for News America Marketing in Chicago, project leader of client server development for Powerforce in Chicago, senior programmer/analyst and then systems analyst for Quaker Oats in Bridgeview, and programmer/analyst for Arthur Andersen & Co., S.C., in Chicago.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management with a Computer Science Major and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and a Master of Business Administration from Governors State University.
As chief of police, Pfotenhauer serves as the chief law enforcement officer for the college. He provides leadership and oversight to the PSC Police Department in providing a safe campus environment. He is responsible for the direction, management, implementation and evaluation of policies, programs, personnel and activities related to the safety and security for all constituents, as well as the assets of the college.
Before being named chief, Pfotenhauer had served as a police officer at PSC since November 2014. Before coming to PSC, he served as a security specialist for the Manheim Chicago Auto Auction, a consultant with Hillard Heintze, an instructor with the Illinois Society of Fire Services Instructors, and police chief and deputy village administrator for the Village of Matteson, where he’d previously served as tactical officer, detective, patrol sergeant, commander for the Criminal Investigative Division and deputy chief of police.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Governors State University, and graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command of Northwestern University in Evanston. He received training from the Federal Emergency Management Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Chicago, Illinois Advanced Incident Command, the John Reid School of Interview and Interrogation in Chicago, and Advanced Personnel Supervision at Northwestern University. He is a certified juvenile officer, and has certification in dignitary protection.
“We are pleased to welcome both gentlemen to these important positions at Prairie State College,” said President Dr. Terri L. Winfree. “They bring a wealth of experience in their respective fields, and the students, faculty, staff, the college and community will greatly benefit from their leadership.”