Dr. Ivan Filby, newly elected president of Greenville
College, visited Kaskaskia College on Wednesday, September 11.
Dr. Filby, who took office in July, was greeted by most of
the KC senior administrators in an informal reception hosted by Dr. Jim
Underwood, president of Kaskaskia College.
After introductions, Dr. Underwood gave Dr. Filby an overview of the
operations of the College, including highlighting the ongoing initiatives for
growth and the status of the various capital campaign projects currently
Dr. Filby showed particular interest in the leadership
structure of KC, including the Leadership Institute classes in which college
personnel are taught tenets of the College’s philosophy of servant leadership,
among other topics, in a class that meets twice per month for the academic
year. Upon his request, curricula from
the Leadership Institute will be made available to Dr. Filby.
Dr. Underwood and Dr. Filby spoke at length of the ongoing
partnership between Kaskaskia College and Greenville College. Greenville College was the first institution
of higher learning to have entered into an agreement with Kaskaskia College for
the benefit of students from both institutions.
To date, KC and GC have created programs in Organizational Leadership,
Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP), and most recently a Bachelor of
Science Nursing Program that allows current KC students to transfer seamlessly
into Greenville College majors, with some classes taking place at Kaskaskia
“It is so important to us to not only sustain our
relationship with Greenville College, but to grow it,” Dr. Underwood said.
Dr. Filby was educated in his native England and in Ireland
before coming to the United States. He
previously taught at Greenville College before taking a position in
California. He was made the 12th
President of Greenville College and assumed office on July 1 of this year. He has a background as a strong leader and
academic innovator, and his leadership philosophy, in a nutshell, may be
reflected in a statement he made at the reception: “It is extremely important to me to treat
people as individuals,” he said.