Sylvia Jenkins named president of Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois

Moraine Valley Community College May 4, 2012

Sylvia Jenkins named president of Moraine Valley Community College

Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, current vice president of Academic Affairs at Moraine Valley, will become the fifth president of Moraine Valley Community College, the Board of Trustees announced to college staff on Monday, April 30.

The Board will formally approve the appointment at its meeting on May 9. She will succeed Dr. Vernon O. Crawley, who retires June 30 after 21 years as college president.

“We are extremely pleased we could find an outstanding candidate at the college who we believe best suits the academic, administrative and funding challenges that we face in the future. We are confident that Dr. Jenkins will build on the many successes at Moraine Valley and lead the college to new heights in the future,” Joseph Murphy, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said in the announcement.

“I am thrilled! I’m excited! I look forward to continuing the outstanding work of Dr. Crawley and leading Moraine Valley into the future,” said Dr. Jenkins, who will bring more than 30 years of experience as an educator to the chief executive office of the college.

“I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Crawley for his entire 21 years, and it has afforded me the experiences of working in the areas of strategic planning, continuous improvement, accreditation, classroom instruction, faculty development, and the development and execution of grants. I also have had the opportunity to work with national, state and local community college leaders. Those experiences will help me lead Moraine Valley as we look forward to helping more of our students succeed. Working at a very diverse institution where we appreciate our differences and value the input and expertise that all of our faculty and staff bring has been rewarding,” she said.

“We had four excellent finalists, and I want to thank them for their deep interest in us and for what they wanted to bring to the institution,” Murphy said. “This was a difficult decision, and each of the finalists had strengths that would have kept Moraine Valley on the leading edge of community colleges nationwide.

“What we found in Dr. Jenkins were the attributes that we felt were the best fit for the college—experience as an educator and a curriculum leader in both transfer and career programs. We know she has the respect of our faculty and staff—first as a member of the faculty and then as an administrator at various levels. She has earned their respect,” Murphy said.

“We look forward to working with her and know she will provide the outstanding leadership that has been the trademark of Moraine Valley,” he said.

During her tenure as vice president of Academic Affairs, Dr. Jenkins has done some reorganization of her division especially in the work-force development area. “We want to look for more ways to work with our corporate and civic leaders to develop even more connections to benefit the 26 communities we serve. We also want to enrich our development education programs to help even more students who don’t come to college as prepared as they need to be,” she said.
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