Dr. Jerry Weber assumed the position of president of the College of Lake County on April 4, 2009. Previously, Dr. Weber served as president of Kankakee Community College, a position he assumed in 2001.
Before joining Kankakee Community College, he served as the founding vice president of instruction at Heartland Community College from 1991-2001 and as dean for academic support programs, at Triton College from 1989-1991. His earlier service includes teaching and administrative positions at John Wood Community College, and he began his career as a writing instructor at Harper College.
Dr. Weber has served on state and national boards and councils for community colleges related to international education, technology, administration, and educational policy. He has spent his career in Illinois community colleges and is known for building collaborations, most recently bringing workforce boards and community colleges in the Chicago area together.
Dr. Weber is a co-founder of the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), formerly called the Illinois Community College Sustainability Network (ICCSN), which is a collaboration of all 48 Illinois community colleges sharing resources, expertise, and knowledge on campus sustainability and green jobs training. He is also chair of the Sustainability Task Force for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). This task force of community college presidents plans to build a nationally focused website for green jobs programs and build a comprehensive plan for involving AACC in sustainability.
Dr. Weber holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration and an M.A. in educational measurement and statistics, both from the University of Iowa. He has also earned an M.A. in linguistics and English literature and a B.A. in English, both from Northern Illinois University.
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