Morton College selects new president

The Morton College Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Dana A. Grove, Ph.D., to serve as Morton College’s new president. The announcement was made on Friday, December 21.

“I’m confident that Dana Grove is the right person to lead Morton College at this point in our history,” said Board President Anthony Martinucci. “All the members of the Board believe that Dr. Grove has what it takes to lead us forward. We are impressed by his communication skills, his optimism and warmth, his financial savy, and his commitment to shared governance.”

Dr. Grove currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. Prior to his move to Johnson County, Dr. Grove was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Grove holds a Ph.D. in English from Ball State University. He has taught at Ball State University, Indiana University, Indian Hills Community College (where he was awarded tenure), Lincoln Land Community College and Johnson County Community College.

On a recent visit to Morton College, Dr. Grove said that he believes the college is poised for significant development. He noted the emerging national commitment to diverse, urban colleges. Dr. Grove singled out several programs that could help support Morton College in its role as a federally-designated “Hispanic Serving Institution.”

Dr. Grove said that he is committed to the “Four Cs: communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and compassion.” He described approaches that permit colleges to identify “at risk” students and to intervene in order to help them graduate on time.

Dr. Grove has served the Higher Learning Commission as reviewer for colleges seeking accreditation and he said that he looks forward to working with the Commission to assure continued accreditation of programs at Morton College.

Dr. Grove expressed his belief in the value of shared governance of colleges. “The faculty delivers what the board has promised and the board and president must respect the faculty’s decisions on how best to deliver instruction,” he said. At the same time, Dr. Grove said that colleges should always be looking for new ways to assess student learning.

Interim President Gene Gardner complimented the Board of Trustees on a smooth and successful presidential search. “The Morton College presidential search attracted several of the very best candidates in the nation. The Board had great input from faculty, staff, students and community members. We’re very grateful to everyone who helped our Board bring the search to a successful completion.”

Dr. Grove will meet with the Morton College Board on Wednesday, January 16, and then he will be available to the press and the college community at a 10:00 a.m. meeting in the College Board room. The public is invited to attend at 3801 S. Central Ave, Cicero, IL.

 “My New Futuro” announced

New Futuro has launched “My New Futuro” scholarship contest, which is a new scholarship opportunity to help students get the resources they need to pay for college.

Students can enter the contest by sharing a picture of what they dream of doing with their college education on the New Futuro Facebook page and getting their friends and family to vote for them. The top five photos with the most votes will be eligible to win one of three New Futuro scholarships: 1st place – 1,000 dollars; 2nd place – 500 dollars; 3rd place – 250 dollars.
Students ages 16 to 24 are eligible to submit an entry to the scholarship contest (one submission per person) and anyone with a Facebook account can vote for their favorite picture.
The contest begins on January 2, 2013 and ends on January 31, 2013. For full details visit www.NewFuturo.com/MyNewFuturo.

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