KCC narrows president search

December 3, 2018

KANKAKEE — The field has been narrowed, and it soon will be trimmed again.

Kankakee Community College’s search for the replacement of retiring president John Avendano has been whittled to seven.

Avendano reported at Thursday’s Economic Alliance of Kankakee County meeting — which was his last as board chairman — that the college’s 15-member advisory committee will complete Skype interviews with the seven candidates by the end of Friday.

Each candidate will have been interviewed for about 90 minutes, Avendano said.

The advisory committee is comprised of school administrators, teachers, students and several community members.

The goal is to have the list of seven narrowed to three or four finalists. The finalists likely will be interviewed yet this year. The plan is to have a new president selected in February or perhaps early March.

The new president officially would take leadership of the school July 1.

Avendano said the school will make the pool of finalists known as they are being considered. He said each candidate will meet and answer questions from the public and the student body.

He said these on-campus interviews have been tentatively set for Jan. 10, 15, 16 and 17.

The school received 25 to 30 applications for the position.

Regarding the Economic Alliance, Avendano will continue to serve as one of the board’s 16 members. He said he will exit the board upon the conclusion of his KCC tenure on June 30.

Avendano has been KCC’s president since July 2009, when he succeeded Jerry Weber as the school’s sixth president. Avendano announced in September the end of his 10-year tenure at KCC.

Prior to his time at KCC, Avendano was vice president of academic affairs and student development at Illinois Central College in East Peoria. He was in administration for 14 years at ICC.

Before he worked at ICC, Avendano was in administration for 10 years at Waubonsee Community College in the southwest suburbs.

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