The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday, June 23 for the regular monthly meeting.
The Board approved the retirement of Kaskaskia College President Dr. Jim Underwood effective June 30, 2015. Upon his retirement, he will have completed 45 years as a community college educator, with the past 14 years as President of Kaskaskia College. The Board approved naming Dr. Underwood “President Emeritus” upon his retirement.
During Underwood’s time at KC, the college has established education centers in Vandalia, Salem, Greenville, Trenton and Nashville. Additionally, the college created an expanded evening program and a Weekend College, as well as expanded on-line course offerings and degrees.
Underwood was also influential in the enrollment increase over the past 13 years with 80% unduplicated head count and credit hours generated and in many capital projects in his tenure at Kaskaskia College.