Kaskaskia College names Kansas educator to replace Underwood

CENTRALIA — Kaskaskia College has named it’s next president to replace Dr. Jim Underwood who will be retiring June 30, 2015.

Dr. Penny Quinn (Source: Kaskaskia College)
Dr. Penny Quinn
(Source: Kaskaskia College)

Dr. Penny Quinn of Pawnee Rock, Kansas is currently serving as College Vice President of Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kansas.

She has twenty-five years of experience in public higher education and twenty-three years in the community college system serving as an instructor, department chair, director of student retention, honor program director, federal grant coordinator, and academic and student services.

She has demonstrated success in collaborative guiding management, servant leadership, strategic planning, program development, budgetary management and enrollment management.

In her current role, she oversees all instructional and student programs and services including academic advising, academic transfer programs, financial aid, enrollment services, campus safety, career planning, the Center for Adult Education, Child Development Center, continuing education, counseling services, disability services, and much more.

Quinn received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University, a master’s degree from Washington State University and her doctorate degree from Indiana State University.

She says she feels that “a quality learning environment is one in which students are exposed to formal instruction by knowledgeable, caring instructors. The ultimate goal of a college administrator is to make decisions which advance the college toward its evolving strategic plan. It is important to create an atmosphere where there are opportunities for students and employees to acquire new knowledge and a continued desire to be involved and ‘make a difference’”.

“I am very excited to join the Kaskaskia family. KC team members have already shown me their strong love of, and belief in KC success, and will ensure I am well versed in all things Kaskaskia,” says Quinn. “I look forward to this opportunity and to serving the college and the community to the very best of my ability”.