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Board Appoints Dr. Michael D. Anthony as the 17th President of Prairie State College


The Prairie State College (PSC) Board of Trustees has appointed Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D., to serve as the college’s 17th president. The announcement was made at a special board meeting held on Thursday, Sept. 30. Dr. Anthony currently serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at PSC. He will start his new role as PSC president on Oct. 15, 2021. Dr. Anthony will replace Dr. Thomas Saban, who has served as interim president since March 2020.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve in such a prestigious and important role at the college,” said Dr. Anthony. “I am looking forward to solidifying and building relationships with our community and working alongside our dedicated faculty, staff, and colleagues.”

Dr. Anthony says his first goal as the college president is to listen and strengthen internal and external relationships.

“From what I heard through the search process, and in my observations being at the institution for two years, I want the college community to build its trust with one another and with the communities we serve. I want to first and foremost listen to those inside the college -- about what they want and need to be successful -- particularly in this ongoing pandemic environment. I also want to do the same thing with our external partners. I think there are employers, faith-based communities, and non-profit organizations, all of which have a stake in the college, who need to be heard,” says Dr. Anthony.

He says that getting to know who those people are and spending time with them is one of his main priorities. Dr. Anthony says he plans to immediately launch a comprehensive listening tour (internal and external) and continue through the beginning of the spring semester.

PSC Board Chairman Dr. Ronnie White says this appointment comes after an expedient yet rigorous, inclusive, participatory, and transparent search.

“The search committee did an exceptional job identifying the best candidate for president," said Dr. White. "Dr. Anthony is highly qualified and possesses the experience and the internal knowledge and goals to move Prairie State College forward. We feel he will serve College District 515 with compassion, expertise, and heart. He is a mission-driven leader, and we look forward to supporting Dr. Anthony as president of this great institution.”

Dr. Anthony is the first African American to hold the president position in the history of the college, and he says it feels incredible to be the first person of color to serve in this role.

“To be the first black male to hold this role presents a unique opportunity to help reconnect the people of this community -- not only because of my race but because of my upbringing and cultural norms and through my experiences and my values," said Dr. Anthony. “What excites me most is knowing that together we can create new changes, new opportunities, new lives for people who live here and really transform our community.”

Dr. Anthony is a first-generation college graduate raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has 18 years of experience in higher education and has been involved nationally within the student affairs profession since the start of his career. Dr. Anthony previously served as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, MN. He was the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at Oakton Community College and inaugural Director of the Cultural Center at the University of Louisville, where he served in the office of the provost.

Dr. Anthony sits on the Board of Directors for New Star in Chicago Heights, IL, and the Prairie State College Foundation.

He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, a masters of arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville, and a bachelor's degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Anthony currently resides in Matteson, Illinois, and is the proud father of his daughter, 12-year-old Katharine Anthony.

Members of the presidential search and screening committee included:

  • Pat Trost - Chief of Staff, Prairie State College
  • Dr. Charmaine Sevier - Executive Director of Human Resources, Prairie State College
  • Elighie Wilson - Vice President of Academic Affairs, Prairie State College
  • Thomas Nicholas - Faculty Union President, Prairie State College
  • Cheron Ricks - Support Staff Union President, Prairie State College
  • Cydney Williams – Adjunct Faculty Union President Prairie State College
  • Robert Wald – Police Officers Union President, Prairie State College
  • Dr. Tiffany Brewer – Dean of Equity and Inclusion, Prairie State College
  • Mary Fitzpatrick – Manager of Career Services, Prairie State College
  • Emmanuel Lopez – Recruiting Specialist, Governors State University
  • David Lockman – Consultant, Olympia Fields
  • Dr. Johnnie Thomas – Superintendent, Rich School District 227
  • Joanna Panici Esq. – Attorney, Chicago Heights
  • Dr. Cornel Darden – President, Southland Black Chamber of Commerce

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Dr. Michael Anthony

Prairie State College Announces Presidential Search Process


Dear Prairie State College Community Members,

As Chairman of the Prairie State College (PSC) Board of Trustees, I write to you today to announce that we have initiated the search process for the next president of PSC.

In March 2020, Dr. Thomas Saban was appointed interim president of PSC and has guided the college through the COVID-19 pandemic with his dedicated leadership following the resignation of Dr. Terri Winfree. The college now seeks to appoint a permanent president to this position.

In conducting this search, while expedient, we intend to implement a process that is rigorous, inclusive, participatory, and transparent. On this you have my commitment. As such, we will establish a presidential search website that will include messages to the college community regarding the search, a search timeline, the presidential profile, a listing of the Presidential Search Committee members, a listing of resources for potential candidates, and other pertinent details. The website will be updated often as information is finalized. At that time, please visit the site frequently to familiarize yourself with and fully engage in this process as a PSC community member.

In recent weeks, I have worked closely with my fellow Trustees, and senior administrators who will help facilitate the search. We also have determined the composition of the Presidential Search Committee, which will include representation from throughout the college community, and we are beginning to identify these members.

I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the search process thus far. I am confident that when our search is complete, we will have implemented an inclusive and transparent process that results in the selection of an outstanding leader to guide PSC forward.

Sincerely,
Bishop Ronnie White, DMin PhD BCC BCMHC QMHP
Chairman of the Prairie State College Board of Trustees

Presidential Search Process


  • Board of Trustees review proposed Search Process
  • Search Committee approved by the Board of Trustees
  • Search website available on PSC homepage and ads placed to advertise search
  • Application Period Open
  • Review of Applications
  • Invite candidates to campus for full day of interviews; Board interviews candidates – evening meeting/dinner
  • Background checks on selected candidate(s)
  • Negotiate contract with candidate (pending background check)
  • Approval of new President’s contract
  • New President begins

Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.


Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D. will interview at Prairie State College on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Dr. Anthony currently serves as the Vice President, Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL. He has 18 years of experience in higher education and has been involved nationally within the student affairs profession since the start of his career. Dr. Anthony previously served as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, MN. He was the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at Oakton Community College and inaugural Director of the Cultural Center at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Anthony sits on the Board of Directors for New Star in Chicago Heights, IL, and the Prairie State College Foundation.

He has extensive experience as a college administrator and has taught at both two and four-year institutions. Dr. Anthony has also led hundreds of workshops attended by thousands of students and practitioners on various topics. He is published in the area of African American male success in college, leadership pedagogy, and decision making. Dr. Anthony was a fellow with the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership. He has traveled abroad to the Caribbean and Southeast Asia to teach and lead international service projects.

Dr. Anthony holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development and a masters of arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from North Carolina State University.

 

 

Dr. Michael Anthony

Pamela Haney, Ph.D.


Pamela Haney, Ph.D. will interview at Prairie State College on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Dr. Haney currently serves as Vice President, Academic Affairs at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL. She has 26 years of experience in higher education, leading areas of academic and student affairs. Under her leadership, Dr. Haney has oversight of academic and workforce subdivisions. She works collaboratively with Student Development and other subdivisions to deliver programs to more than 17,000 Moraine Valley students annually. During her 17 years at Moraine Valley Community College, Dr. Haney has served as dean of Science, Business, and Computer Technology, Dean of Liberal Arts, and Dean of Academic Services.

Dr. Haney has worked at the University of Nevada-Reno, where she served as University Ombudsman for faculty and staff from 2007 to 2009. In this role, she served as an independent and confidential resource for employees. Dr. Haney was also a program administrator and an assistant professor of Communication Arts at Defiance College in Ohio. She served as co-director of the Honors Program, Communication Arts Internship Director, and Multicultural Programming Events Coordinator. She also taught Speech Communication as an assistant professor at Norfolk State University in Virginia.

Dr. Haney also has experience in civic and community engagement, leading her to serve on several committees. She currently serves as a board member for a community organization in a south suburban community of Cook County, Illinois.

She holds a doctorate in Interpersonal Communication from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, a master’s degree in Speech Communication, and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Norfolk State University in Virginia.

 

 

Dr. Pamela Haney
Both Dr. Anthony and Dr. Haney will interview with the presidential search committee, followed by an open forum. They will then have lunch with the Prairie State College Cabinet, tour the campus and participate in a second open forum. The interview will conclude with dinner with the PSC Board of Trustees.

Faculty, administrators, staff, students, and the public are invited to meet with the candidates at the open forum sessions, held each day from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and again at 3:15 - 4:15 p.m., in the Barnes and Noble College Auditorium.

Presidential Profile


Prairie State College, a comprehensive community college located 30 miles south of Chicago in Chicago Heights, is conducting a nationwide search for a president. The President is the chief executive officer and reports to an elected seven-member Board of Trustees.

Prairie State College serves over 10,000 students enrolled in credit and non-credit courses and offers associate degrees, technical and career certificates, and adult, corporate, and continuing education. Prairie State College is a richly diverse community college dedicated to student-centered instruction fostering adult, transfer, and workforce education success.

The Prairie State College Board of Trustees seeks a strong, experienced leader who will build upon the College’s tradition of excellence while providing visionary leadership to address contemporary challenges. The President should be committed to understanding, respecting, valuing, and supporting the richly diverse student body, staff, and community. A demonstrated commitment to the centrality of student learning and the mission and role of a community college is crucial. The President will be expected to work collaboratively with the Board of Trustees and all constituent groups and promote the College through community involvement.

Discretion and stewardship are expected from the President in managing fiscal resources, both in developing the college budget and in the monitoring of funds.

A starting date of early October 2021 is anticipated.

Prairie State College is seeking an individual who has demonstrated:

  • Strong leadership experience and record of accomplishment, preferably in a community college that inspires trust and confidence on campus and in the community
  • Political astuteness with excellent interpersonal communication skills, along with the ability to create a consensus to accomplish the campus and Board goals
  • Proven success in working directly with a Board of Trustees
  • Competence in planning, marketing, budgeting, assessment, financial management, fundraising, and resource development in an environment with decreasing state financial support
  • Ability to assist the Board in crafting a new, sustainable financial model for the College
  • A track record of successful relations with employee unions
  • Personal commitment to honesty, transparency, consensus building, teamwork, and commitment to quality instruction and academic excellence
  • Ability to work productively with others to build morale and motivate and empower faculty, staff, students, and administrators to think and act creatively to address opportunities and challenges
  • An educational vision and a firm commitment to the mission and values of a community college
  • Substantial and successful management experience at the executive level with significant decision-making responsibility
  • Someone who has shown the ability to inspire the College to monitor and improve student learning and success
  • Commitment to and experience with fostering partnerships with community leaders in business, industry, schools, and colleges
  • Leadership in the development, maintenance, and strengthening of existing and new programs in partnership with business, industry, and members of the public sector
  • Academic credentials appropriate for leading a college—an earned doctorate required

Search Committee


    Chair
  • Pat Trost, Chief of Staff, Prairie State College
    Members
  • Dr. Charmaine Sevier, Executive Director of Human Resources, Prairie State College
  • Elighie Wilson, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Prairie State College
  • Thomas Nicholas, Faculty Union President, Prairie State College
  • Cheron Ricks - Support Staff Union President, Prairie State College
  • Cydney Williams – Adjunct Faculty Union President, Prairie State College
  • Robert Wald – Police Officers Union President, Prairie State College
  • Dr. Tiffany Brewer – Dean of Equity and Inclusion, Prairie State College
  • Mary Fitzpatrick – Manager of Career Services, Prairie State College
  • Emmanuel Lopez – Recruiting Specialist, Governors State University
  • David Lockman – Consultant, Olympia Fields
  • Julia Veazey – Assistant Superintendent, Prairie Hills School District 144
  • Dr. Johnnie Thomas – Superintendent, Rich School District 227
  • Joanna Panici Esq. – Attorney, Chicago Heights
  • Dr. Cornel Darden – President, Southland Black Chamber of Commerce

Application Closed