Press Release from MCC Board Finally Arrives about New Interim President Kathleen Plinske

I’m happy to publish press releases of a political nature and, sometimes, other subjects, but last night I received one from McHenry County College is a format which I could not copy and paste.

You can be almost certain that I am not going to re-type a press release.

So, I did something short about the revolving door presidency. This morning, still waiting for the press release, I found the resume of newly-appointed Interim President Kathleen Plinske and published it.

I’ve finally gotten the “official version” and am happy to share it with you.

[Sep. 21, 2009.Crystal Lake, IL]

The Board of Trustees of McHenry County College has named Kathleen A. Plinske, Ed.D., as the Interim President at a Special Board meeting on September 21, 2009. Plinske is replacing Larry W. Tyree as the College’s Interim President. Tyree has notified the Board that he will step down as the Interim President effective October 17, 2009 due to personal and family matters which require him to return to Florida.

Plinske is currently serving as the College’s Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness. Plinske has held a number of positions with the College, beginning in 2001 when she served as Instructional Media Specialist. Plinske is a graduate of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and attended Indiana University – Bloomington as a Herman B. Wells scholar, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Physics with highest distinction.

While working at McHenry County College, Plinske completed a Masters Degree in Spanish from Roosevelt University and a Doctorate in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University with honors. In 2006 she was selected by the McHenry County Business Journal as one of McHenry County’s 10 under 40, and was recently named by Phi Delta Kappa as one of 24 emerging leaders in education worldwide. Plinske was born and raised in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Plinske has been directly involved in a number of current College initiatives including the implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system as well as the College’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) continuous improvement efforts.

Plinske commented that she will strive to provide consistency and calm in a period of transition for the College and as the College searches for a permanent president. Plinske will serve as the Interim President of the College from October 17, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

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