JALC Hires Seventh President; Dreith will Replace Retiring Mees: By Steve O’Keefe

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CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees voted Monday to hire Dr. Michael Dreith as the College’s seventh president following a nationwide search conducted by the Board of Trustees and a search committee comprised of campus and community representatives.

Dr. Michael Dreith

Dreith, 55, will replace Dr. Robert Mees, who will retire from Logan at the end of June, having served the College as president since 2000.

Dreith is a native of southwestern Illinois and currently serves as president of Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas.

Prior to his hire there in 2007, Dreith served as president of Frontier College in Fairfield from 2001 to 2007. He began his career as a print and broadcast journalist and then moved on to higher education at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey in 1986, where he served as the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Business and as an Assistant Professor of Mass Communications.

Dreith brings over 25 years of community college experience to JALC. His extensive background includes being the first Illinois community college graduate to become an Illinois community college president.

During his tenure at Western Texas – a school with an enrollment of 2,600 – Dreith oversaw a $15.3 million budget with more than 130 employees. There were significant increases in enrollment under his watch and the school had the highest graduation rate among the 50 community colleges in Texas. He has also had a strong track record in corporate training programs and fundraising.

According to Mees, Dreith’s knowledge of the region and his strengths in workforce development and fundraising will serve him well in his new position.

“Dr.Dreith has had an outstanding reputation as a leader in the community college system. His track record in both workforce development and fundraising will be beneficial to Logan during these difficult economic times. I have no doubt that he will continue to build upon the tremendous success of the College,” Mees said.

Dreith earned a doctorate in higher education with a specialization in workforce development and vocational studies from Nova Southeastern University, a master’s degree in media communications from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in workforce education from Southern Illinois University.

He and his wife, Carol, share five adult children. The couple has been heavily involved in community activities, including the Snyder Chamber of Commerce; the Boys and Girls Club board; Rotary Club; and their church. Dreith is excited about the opportunity to return to Southern Illinois.

“Serving an institution with John A. Logan College’s reputation will be an honor,” he said. “This will give me an opportunity to be closer to family and to invest in a region that I care deeply about.”

Dreith will assume his duties at Logan on July 1. Terms of Dreith’s contract were not available at the time of publication.

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