The board of trustees for Bellevue College announced veteran college administrator Jerry Weber as the new president Tuesday night.
An experienced college administrator from Illinois has been chosen as the new president of Bellevue College.
Jerry Weber, president of College of Lake County in Northern Illinois for the past six years, will take over this summer pending the finalization of a contract, said Merisa Heu-Weller, Bellevue College trustee and co-chair of the presidential search committee.
She said Weber’s experience and passion aligns with Bellevue College’s goals, including a commitment to diversity and inclusion, a push for a sustainable campus and green-jobs training, and innovative approaches to delivering education.
“He has a tremendous passion for the college’s mission to change people’s lives,” Heu-Weller said.
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Weber holds a Ph.D. in higher-education administration and has served as an adjunct faculty at Harvard University in the continuing-education program of Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership. Before leading the College of Lake County, Weber was president of Kankakee Community College for nine years. He was recently elected to the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges.
The Bellevue presidential search committee forwarded three finalists’ names to the board of trustees in late February. The three — Dr. Karén Lynn Clos, chief advancement officer at Texas A&M University-Central Texas; Angelia Millender, president of Olive-Harvey College, Chicago; and Weber — each visited campus in early March, meeting with students, faculty, community members and staff.
The college, in a profile of what it hoped for in a new president, said it was seeking a dynamic leader capable of forging a new model of higher education, more…