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Michael Dreith named president of John A. Logan College in Illinois

John A. Logan College May 3, 2012

Michael Dreith named president of John A. Logan College

The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees voted Monday to hire Dr. Michael Dreith as the College’s seventh president following a nationwide search conducted by the Board of Trustees and a search committee comprised of campus and community representatives.

Dreith, 55, will replace Dr. Robert Mees, who will retire from Logan at the end of June, having served the College as president since 2000.

Dreith is a native of southwestern Illinois and currently serves as president of Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas.

Prior to his hire there in 2007, Dreith served as president of Frontier College in Fairfield from 2001 to 2007. He began his career as a print and broadcast journalist and then moved on to higher education at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey in 1986, where he served as the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Business and as an Assistant Professor of Mass Communications.

Dreith brings over 25 years of community college experience to JALC. His extensive background includes being the first Illinois community college graduate to become an Illinois community college president.

During his tenure at Western Texas – a school with an enrollment of 2,600 – Dreith oversaw a $15.3 million budget with more than 130 employees. There were significant increases in enrollment under his watch and the school had the highest graduation rate among the 50 community colleges in Texas. He has also had a strong track record in corporate training programs and fundraising.
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