Presidential search committee selected

Barbara Barrington-Tillman, chair of the Blackhawk Technical College Board of Trustees, announced at the October Board meeting the formation of a presidential search committee tasked with identifying and recommending candidates to succeed BTC President Dr. Thomas Eckert, who announced in September that he will step down as president at the end of the current academic year.

“Given the critical nature of the search committee’s task, it was important to form a diverse committee of faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and members of the community who are all passionate about Blackhawk and who care deeply about the college’s future,” said Barrington-Tillman.

The 15-member committee is comprised of three Board members, three BTC employees and nine external members from Rock and Green counties including:

Barbara Barrington-Tillman – BTC Board of Trustees, Chief Deputy, Rock County Sheriff’s Office
Kim Bliss, Director of Community Development, Hendricks Holding Company
Beth Chambers, BTC Human Resources Instructor
Kim Hesgard, BTC alumnus and Marketing Director, Mercy Health System
Michael Johnson, Executive Director, Green County Development Corporation
Dina Knibbs, Outreach, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Dr. Gina McConoughey, BTC Dean of Business
Angela Moore, Executive Director, YWCA Rock County
Doris Mulder, Vice President, Beloit Health System
Jim Nemeth, BTC Foundation Board member, CFO of the Monroe Clinic and Hospital
Rick Richard, BTC Board of Trustees, Managing Partner, RD Worldwide, Inc.   
Tammy Roehl, BTC Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Business
Malik Surani, Human Resources Manager, Tigre USA
Eric Thornton, BTC Board of Trustees, Vice President of Operations, St. Mary’s Hospital
Cecil Youngblood, Director, Office of Intercultural Affairs, Beloit College.

The newly formed committee will work with the Pauly Group, one of the nation’s leading academic search consulting firm to conduct the search.  The committee will begin meeting next month.  BTC expects to have a new president in place before the end of the 2015-16 school year.