President's Credentials

Summary of Credentials
for Dr. James C. Underwood

  • Associate of Arts (AA) Degree – Central Community College, Columbus, NE
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree – University of Arkansas
  • Doctorate in Education (EdD) – University of Arkansas
Higher Education Experience: 1970 - Present:
  • Current - President Kaskaskia College, Centralia, IL
  • President Northeast Community College, Norfolk, NE
  • Chief Academic Officer Richland Community College, Decatur, IL
  • Vice President for Finance & Admin. University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, AR
  • Vice President for Administrative Services Central Community College.
Military Experience:
  • Active Duty and Vietnam Veteran
  • Army Reserve and National Guard Service
  • Military Education – OCS, Ordnance, Special Weapons, Infantry
  • LTC, AUS, Retired
Private Sector Experience:
  • Farm Worker
  • Cattle and grain truck driver
  • Accountant for Irrigation Pipe Manufacturing Firm
  • Tax Return preparations and Accounting for small businesses
Teaching Experience:

College courses taught in Management, Leadership, Business, Economics, Accounting, College Teaching, and various Military subjects, Leadership Institute, and distance learning guest lectures.

Publications, Presentations, and Awards:
  • Published in Community College Review “Community College Organizational Structures”
  • Published Ed.D. Dissertation
  • Published “Monitoring the College Budget” ACCT Journal
  • Guest Editorials for Newspapers
  • NE Administrator of the Year - Presidents Award
  • YMCA Family of the Year
  • PTK and PBL Honorary Memberships
  • Certified College Business Official
  • Presented before National, State, and Local Organizations
  • Received 13 military medals
  • Humanitarian Award - NAACP/MLK Committee
  • KC Reading Link Award
  • Jaycee Boss of the Year
  • Regional Sertoman of the Year
  • BPW Boss of the Year
  • PHI THETA KAPPA International Award
  • Hillcrest Memorial Park "Court of Honor" Award
  • Member of Consultant-Evaluator Corp for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
  • Member and past president of Centralia Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of Centralia Noon Rotary
  • Member of First United Presbyterian Church
  • Member of AACC Marketing Commission
  • Member of Madison-Bond Workforce Investment Board
  • Member of Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market Board
  • Member of Illinois Community College Presidents Council
Immediate Family:
  • Wife – Roxie -Retired teacher, (married August 23,1964) 
  • Daughter – Randa R. Vernon, CPA Partner
  • Son-in-law – Rowland Vernon, H.S. Administrator
  • Grandson – Reis R. Vernon
  • Grandaughter - Raegan R. Vernon
  • Son - Jess C. Underwood, H.S. Teacher and Athletic Director
  • Daughter-in-law – Christy Underwood, Office Tech
  • Grandson – Jordon C. Underwood
  • Grandson - Javis C. Underwood
  • Playing with grandchildren
  • Writing Children Books for grandchildren
  • Reading and Writing
  • Racquetball and Golf
  • Fishing and Boating


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