There are two candidates to be elected to the McHenry County College Board next month. Here is a press released from one of them, Bob DeWitt. He was appointed to replace Scott Summers.
Bob DeWitt is running for a six-year term as Trustee of McHenry County College
Bob DeWitt has over thirty years of experience of working in higher education, having served as an adjunct and a tenured faculty member, an academic department head, and a university administrator at the vice presidential level. He has also spent a number of years leading information technology initiatives for international businesses.
“I grew up in a military family that moved periodically within the United States, which has given me an appreciation for the viewpoints of people from many different parts of the country. I also lived and worked in Europe for nearly 12 years. I believe that my international experience informs my understanding of the skills that MCC students need in order to prosper in the current global economy.”
DeWitt was awarded a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after which he taught physics and computer science at Southern Arkansas University. He was then invited to join the La Jolla Institute in San Diego, California, to perform scientific research for such agencies as DARPA [Defense Advance Research Projects Agency] and the Office of Naval Research.
In 1990, DeWitt left the United States to teach U.S. service members and their family members stationed in the “European command”, which at the time stretched from Iceland to the Middle East.“
“This was my first experience of teaching exclusively adult students, and I came to appreciate that these students were making great sacrifices in order to further their educations. They were the best and most motivated students that I have had the pleasure of teaching. That experience gave me a passion for furthering the education of adult students, and in our country I believe that the community college is the primary higher education institution with that mission.”
After a few years of teaching for the European Division of University of Maryland (UMED), DeWitt was made a department head and eventually became the Director of Information Technology for the European Division.
Under his leadership, UMED made the Internet universally available to its students. This initiative made it possible to deliver courses to service members stationed at remote locations throughout the European Command.
After several more years of leadership in information technology at a British university based in London, and the European Division of an American manufacturing company also based in London, DeWitt returned to the United States as a higher education consultant.
Since 2002 he has worked for a Fortune 500 company (SunGard), applying his expertise to help colleges and universities become more effective and efficient by improving the availability of the information required for sound business decisions.
DeWitt was appointed to the MCC Board in 2009.
“I wanted to become a Trustee of MCC in order to contribute my expertise to our local community college and to further the mission of preparing local students for jobs within McHenry County.
“In the past 18 months that I’ve been on the MCC Board, I have had the privilege to lead the Presidential Search Committee that selected Dr. Vicki Smith as President.
“Since June 2010, I have also served as Vice-Chair of the Board, and have worked with Chair Miller to encourage more transparency and integrity in the way in which the Board conducts its business.
I would very much like the opportunity to continue contributing to the success of MCC and its students.”