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      JWCC announces four candidates in president search

      Douglas Brauer is currently the Vice President of Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Solutions at Richland Community College in Decatur.

      We now know two of the four candidates who may next lead John Wood Community College .

      Your chance to meet them is coming up.

      The first candidate.

      Douglas Brauer is currently the Vice President of Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Solutions at Richland Community College in Decatur .

      Brauer has served in his current position at Richland Community College since 2008. In the prior four years, he was the global manager of Manufacturing Operations and Engineering for the Andrew Corporation.

      Among his 29 years of professional experience, he has served as the dean of workforce development and community services at Moraine Valley Community College and has held director positions with both Life Fitness Company and the Panduit Corporation.

      Brauer holds a Ph.D. in education and human resource studies from Colorado State University, Master of Science in engineering from the University of Illinois and a bachelor of science in industrial technology from Illinois State University. A community college student himself, Brauer completed transfer courses at Joliet Junior College for his undergraduate degree.

      A public session is scheduled for Brauer in Mt. Sterling on January 27 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at JWCC TMs facility at 108 N. Capitol. The candidate will visit Pittsfield for a public session from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on the same day at the JWCC Pittsfield Education Center at 1308 W. Washington.

      Mr. Brauer will be available for public questions at JWCC TMs campus in Quincy on January 28 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium.

      The second candidate.

      Ann Valentine is the chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in Wabash Valley, Indiana.

      Prior to her current position at Ivy Tech, Valentine was president of Minnesota State Community and Technical College for six years. Throughout her 33 years of professional experience, she has served as vice president and provost at Gateway Technical College in Wisconsin, dean for instructional services and chief academic officer at Independence Community College in Kansas and dean for general education at Moraine Park Technical College in Wisconsin.

      Valentine has also had roles at the University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College and the State of Iowa Department of Revenue.

      Valentine earned her Ph.D. and Masters of Public Administration at Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science at Mount Mercy College. Also a community college student, Valentine earned an Associate of Arts degree at Kirkwood Community College.

      On January 30, a public session will be held with Valentine at JWCC TMs Mt. Sterling Education Center from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and at the College TMs Pittsfield Education Center from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

      The public is invited to a session in Quincy on January 31 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium.

      Other candidates.

      The names of the other two candidates haven't been announced, but they will interview February 5th and 7th.

      At the end of December 2013 John Wood narrowed the field down to nine candidates and now the search committee is down to two men and two women.

      Randy Sims, chairman of the Board of Trustees, says they are pleased with candidates and he along with the rest of the committee look forward to interviewing the presidential hopefuls.

      He also says he looks forward to the community meeting them as well.

      JWCC hopes the community will come out and meet the candidates because they believe their input should be included.

      A community college is exactly that, a community college. We're all involved in this, we all pay taxes toward this college and I think its important that they have a understanding of who's coming to lead our community college and should have some input. Simms said.