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Danville Area Community College in Illinois begins nationwide search for its next president


Danville Area CC president Alice Marie Jacobs plans to retire this year

Danville Area Community College trustees Tuesday night hired the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in Washington, D.C., to begin a nationwide search for a new college president.

DACC President Alice Marie Jacobs announced last month she would retire no sooner than June 30 and no later than Dec. 30 of this year.

Board President David Harby and Trustee Dr. Ron Serfoss researched several search firms and sent out letters requesting proposals. Six proposals were received for the board’s consideration and were discussed during a special meeting of the board Jan. 23.

DACC Board of Trustees is a member of ACCT, which conducted the last search for a DACC president in 1998-1999.

Harby said ACCT would charge a $35,000 flat fee but additional expenses would vary depending on how the college chooses to bring candidates in for interviews.

Trustee Dick Cheney said it was easy to rule out some of the search firms because “some were geared to four-year schools.”

“We know ACCT and the cost factor is reasonable,” Cheney said. “The last time we used them they brought us Alice Marie Jacobs.”

Serfoss said ACCT would have the “widest purview of candidates who want to work at a community college and the lowest fee of any of them.”
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