ICC president retiring

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Dr. John Erwin

Dr. John Erwin

EAST PEORIA – Latest to join those retiring this spring is Dr. John Erwin who is retiring as president of Illinois Central College.

“I have enjoyed my time at Illinois Central College these past 14 years,” Erwin said. “I appreciate the support I have received from my Board of Trustees, our staff and faculty, our students, and our community. I am especially grateful for the generosity our many donors to the ICC Educational Foundation have shown. I am confident in the skills and dedication of the current Cabinet leadership to continue to move the College forward, serving our students and community.”

Under Erwin’s leadership, Illinois Central College experienced a variety of changes and areas of growth, including expansion of international study for community college students, creation of a culinary arts institute program at ICC North, development of class offerings at ICC Pekin, growth of online and hybrid class offerings, development of the Chinese Language Institute and International Center, expansion of the Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Building, construction of the CougarPlex and naming of the Ramsey Gymnasium, construction and opening of the Leitch Career Center, completion of the Technology Center, construction of on-campus living, development of the Lutgen’s Science Labs, the Lee Morgan School of Technology, and the Glen Barton Dealer Service Technology Program, and expansion of intercollegiate sports — Adding men’s and women’s cross country and soccer teams and overseeing three ICC teams win national NJCAA championships.

Dr. Erwin received his PhD in American Studies and United States history and a Master’s degree in history from Indiana University. He is an ordained Methodist minister.

ICC’s Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet on Monday, May 4. At that time it is anticipated that the Board will consider options for the future leadership of the college. A farewell reception for Erwin will be planned for later this summer at the College.