Dr. Penny Quinn, one of the two finalists for Kaskaskia College President, answers questions at an open forum.
The first of the two finalists for Kaskaskia College President was on campus Tuesday.
Dr. Penny Quinn who is currently Vice-President of Barton College in Kansas told an open forum that if she is selected she will initially do a lot of listening.
"I need to know what you all think is good about the college, what makes the college special. I need to know what all you think need to be adjusted, what you are not quite happy with. That's not for me to decide from the outside. So there will be a lot of engagements with individuals and visits. All these initiatives going on with the finances, so I'll be meeting with potential donors and getting to know folks in the community and getting to know the financial needs of the college."
Quinn said she was a supporter of athletics which feels give many students an opportunity to go to college who otherwise wouldn't do so. She noted her support to improve the arts at her current college. Quinn feels she is supportive of the faculty at her school, but has not had to deal with teacher unions because Barton College is non-union.
If cuts have to be made, Quinn said she would favor provide the percentage of the cuts needed to each dean and have them determine the best place to cut expenses rather than making all the decisions from the President's office.
Quinn is originally from southern Indiana and would be much closer to home if she was named the college's new president. Quinn has been Vice President of Barton College since 2010. Before that, she was Dean, Chief Academic Officer, and Chief Student Services Officer at Lincoln Trail College from 2004 to 2009. She served as an online instructor at Vincennes University from 1995 to 2005 and was Student Retention Management Director at Vincennes University from 1998 to 2004.
Dr. Quinn earned her PhD in Education Administration in 2007. She has her master's degree in Physical Education (1991) and her bachelors degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies (1985).
The other finalist, The Vice President of Instruction at Garden City Community College Dr. Bruce Exstrom is expected on campus Thursday for similar interviews and open forum.
Kaskaskia College Board Chair Bill Hawley expects the board to be ready to vote on a new president no later than the April board meeting.