Avis Proctor named president of Harper College in Illinois

Harper College March 14, 2019

Avis Proctor named president of Harper College

The Harper College Board of Trustees approved the selection of Dr. Avis Proctor as its next College President by unanimous vote on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Committee of the Whole meeting.

Dr. Proctor will become the sixth President of Harper College on July 1, 2019, succeeding Dr. Ken Ender, who is ending his 10-year tenure at the institution on June 30. The Board of Trustees approved a three-year contract for Dr. Proctor at an annual salary of $305,000. Proctor currently serves as Broward College's North Campus President in Coconut Creek, Florida.

“I am honored to serve as Harper College’s next President, and I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for the opportunity to serve our community to achieve academic, social, and economic progress through higher education,” Dr. Proctor said. “I look forward to collaborating with our faculty and staff to help our students succeed.”

Dr. Proctor has 25 years of experience working in multicultural environments as an innovative mathematics educator and academic administrator with a focus on teaching, service, and research. As a higher education scholar and an Aspen Presidential Fellow, Dr. Proctor contributes to the professional discourse from local to global levels on progressive leadership in higher education, research-based instructional strategies, strategic community engagement, economic development, and the STEM pipeline for underrepresented groups.

Harper College began its comprehensive national search for Dr. Ender’s replacement in September 2018. Pat Stack, Vice Chair of the Harper College Board of Trustees, and Diane Hill, Board of Trustees, led the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, which included members of the Harper College Educational Foundation, faculty and staff, union leadership, and members of the community.
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