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Sheldon Walcher, Ph.D., named dean of communication arts division

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Nov 11, 2019

The College of Lake County has named Sheldon Walcher, Ph.D., as dean of the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division. Dr. Walcher oversees 10 transfer disciplines, from art to world languages, as well as four career programs that range from digital media and design to technical communication.

With more than 25 years in higher education, Dr. Walcher previously served as associate dean of humanities, social sciences and the library at Kankakee CommunitySheldon Walcher, CLC dean College. In that role, he spearheaded the development of an innovative pathway to the associate of arts degree for students who previously struggled to complete it at the institution’s extension campuses. He also worked with staff to develop an early college initiative that allows high school students to complete an associate of arts degree while earning a high school diploma. In addition, Dr. Walcher assisted KCC in establishing new customer care standards as part of a broader “culture of care” initiative.

Previously, Dr. Walcher was associate dean of English and academic English as a Second Language (ESL) at the College of DuPage. His higher-education experience also includes serving as director of composition (writing programs) at Roosevelt University as well as the University of Southern Mississippi.

“I’m excited to be joining CLC at this pivotal moment in the college’s history,” said Walcher. “For five decades, CLC has been committed to providing transformative learning and cultural experiences to the residents we serve. I look forward to building on and extending that legacy!”

CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick, said, “We are pleased to have Sheldon Walcher join the college. His demonstrated experience, in strategic planning, leadership and innovative programming, are critical in CLC’s efforts to increase opportunities and community awareness in communication arts, humanities and fine arts.”

Walcher holds a Ph.D. in English (rhetoric and composition) from the University of Utah and an M.S. in higher education administration and policy from Northwestern University. Additionally, he earned an M.F.A. English (fiction writing) from Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in literature and philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college that delivers high-quality, accessible learning opportunities to advance student success and strengthen the diverse communities served in the northeastern suburbs of Chicago. The flagship campus is located in Grayslake, with additional campuses in Waukegan (Lakeshore) and Vernon Hills (Southlake). The college also offers online courses. For details on CLC, visit