ICC officially announced the next college President on April 21, 2016. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey as the fifth president of IL Central College. Her appointment to this position requires the finalization of her contract by a Board vote which will take place on May 19.
Sue Portscheller, retiring board chair and chair of the presidential search committee, said, “After in-depth consideration of a pool of very fine finalists, we came to the decision that Dr. Quirk-Bailey was the best candidate to lead Illinois Central College forward. Not only will she bring a breadth of community college experience to our school, but she is well acquainted with the Illinois Community College System. Her focus on student success, data-driven decision making, and workforce development will be key in sustaining the successes ICC has experienced in its first 50 years.
Dr. Quirk-Bailey holds a Doctorate of Management in Community College Policy and Administration from the University of Maryland University College; a Master of Arts in Communications from Northern Illinois University; and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Bradley University. Her current position is Chief of Staff/Vice President of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Ill.
In response to her appointment, Dr. Quirk- Bailey stated Dr. Quirk-Bailey states “Serving as Illinois Central College’s fifth president will be a great honor. ICC is an excellent institution, and I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to support its future successes. I am looking forward to working with all of the outstanding people I met during the interview process and establishing relationships with our students, employees, partners and community stakeholders. I especially want to thank the search committee and the Board of Trustees for their confidence in me.”