In action today, the Illinois Central College Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Emmanuel Awuah to become the next vice president of academic affairs. He is scheduled to begin his new role July 10.
Dr. Awuah joins ICC after serving as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill., since 2013. He replaces Dr. Lisa Stich, who has served in an interim role for the office since January. Awuah provided leadership in Academic Affairs for four regional centers of the College of DuPage in Addison, Carol Stream, Naperville, and Westmont. He provided oversight for curriculum development, centralized scheduling, dual credit, the Honors program, assessment, program review, workforce development, articulation and partnerships with other academic institutions. Furthermore, he supervised support services for over 1,400 adjunct faculty through the Adjunct Faculty Support Centers, and promoted field and experiential learning and global education experiences.
Awuah holds a PhD in Sociology and Urban Studies from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.; a Master’s in Arts in Sociology from the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada; and a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Political Science from The University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. Prior to his tenure at the College of DuPage, Awuah served in a variety of academic roles at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY, part of the State University of New York system, including tenured full professor and coordinator of Sociology, vice president for academic services, vice president for instructional services, vice president for academic and global initiatives, and associate vice president for diversity and multicultural resources. He also was named a Fellow of the American Council of Education and served his fellowship in academic administration at Northern Michigan University, Marquette. Awuah also has experience in service learning, learning communities, grant-writing, and community service.
“We are so pleased to have Dr. Awuah join our College,” Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, ICC president, said. “He brings with him a broad range of academic experience, including the development of new curricula to meet the community needs, assessment of educational outcomes, and adult fast track learning programs. We are also very fortunate that Dr. Awuah will provide us with a broad and global perspective on education, while also having strong credentials in community college administration.”
“I am honored to join Illinois Central College which has provided unfettered access to affordable quality education for constituents in the greater Peoria area for the past 50 years, and will continue to do so for many generations of students,” Awuah said. “I am excited to work closely with highly qualified, credentialed, and experienced faculty, staff and administrators who are dedicated and committed to student success. I am very pleased to join ICC at the right time when it is developing a new long-range strategic plan for moving it to its next level of excellence in preparing students for success in a globally-competitive 21st Century economy which requires skills, knowledge, and habits of mind for jobs that do not even exist today. I am enthusiastic about having the opportunity to contributing to ICC as a center of excellence for high quality academic programs and services.”