CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County College Board of Trustees this week unanimously approved a two-year contract extension for MCC President Clinton Gabbard.
The contract extension keeps Gabbard in that position until Dec. 31, 2019.
As president, Gabbard has met with more than 65 individual and community groups in the past year and is actively involved with the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation. He co-chairs a faculty committee on reducing textbook costs and oversees the development of three dashboards to identify and publish student success information.
Gabbard also developed the first faculty committee with a primary focus on student success as president and has lead early fundraising efforts for the Liebman Science Center building project.
“I am honored to have the Board’s support expressed through a contract extension,” Gabbard said. “The Board members have provided great assistance during this first year, and the community has been overwhelmingly welcoming to [my wife] Ronda and me. Most important, our faculty, staff and administration have demonstrated, every single day, their commitment to the College’s mission through their teaching and student support. Great things are in store for MCC because of the committed people who serve here.”
A resident of Bull Valley, Gabbard became the community college’s eighth president on Jan. 11, 2016. Before becoming MCC’s president, Gabbard served for five years as vice president of Student Services at Lake Michigan College. Other previous academic roles included him being the vice president of student services for Walla Walla Community College, director of counseling and psych services at Purdue University and psychologist along with adjunct assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame.
Gabbard earned his bachelor’s degree from Evangel College in Missouri before earning his master’s degree and doctorate in counseling psychology from Notre Dame.