Ronald Chesbrough named president of St. Charles Community College in Missouri

St. Charles Community College September 8, 2011
The St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees has named Ronald Chesbrough, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs at Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., as the next president of St. Charles Community College. He will take the helm of Missouri’s fourth largest community college district with the upcoming retirement of John M. McGuire, Ph.D., only the second president since the college was established in 1986.

Trustees agreed on the selection in a special Closed Session meeting on Aug. 27 after an eight-month nationwide search process. Chesbrough was selected from a field of 86 candidates, said William R. Pundmann, president of the Board and chair of the Presidential Search Committee. A committee representing faculty, staff, students and community residents participated in screening and interviewing the candidates.

Following his start date of Oct. 3, Chesbrough and retiring president McGuire will spend two weeks together on campus in order to provide for a smooth transition of leadership, Pundmann said.

“We have been fortunate over the past 15 years to have had the excellent leadership of a man who served 20 years as president of two community colleges,” Pundmann said of the departing McGuire. He said Chesbrough’s 24 years of experience in college leadership and administration and his history of collaborative, democratic leadership and dedication to a mission of access and student success prepared him well to become SCC’s third president.

Chesbrough, 54, has served as vice president for student affairs at Hastings College since 2005. In this position, he was responsible for a $1.2 million budget and the administration of the student life division, retention research and initiatives, and the Kemper Program in Social Entrepreneurship, a grant program that serves to expand student and faculty involvement in service learning. He was involved in institution-wide budget planning and construction of budgets up to $30 million.
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