Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees appoints new Vice President of Student Services, Director of Public Safety, and Athletic Director

May 24, 2022

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting on Monday, May 23, 2022. Board members included Bill Hawley (Odin), Linda Stover (Centralia), Laura Wedekemper (Shattuc), Jim Beasley (Centralia), Jeff Brown (Greenville), Louis Kalert (Centralia), and Bryan Holthaus (Carlyle), and Alyssa Lurkins (Student Trustee).

Trustees approved the appointment of KC’s Dean of Enrollment Services, Amy Troutt, to the college’s Vice President of Student Services position, effective May 23, 2022. She is replacing Dr. Susan Batchelor, who is retiring after twelve years with the college on June 30, 2022. Troutt has been employed with the college for over 15 years and, in that time, has proven herself an excellent work ethic, community engagement, and strong leadership. 

Trustees also approved the appointment of Shawn Richards to Director of Public Safety, effective immediately, to replace retiring director Todd Wagner. Richards has over 25 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, a detective, and a field training officer. As a current sworn KC Police Officer, Richards has excellent knowledge of the campus and has led several trainings on campus with surrounding law enforcement agencies.

Retiring Salem High School Athletic Director Scott Steward was approved by the board for appointment to the KC Athletic Director position. Steward brings over 29 years of experience in athletics and coaching to the job and is eager to bring his leadership to the KC team.

The board approved the promotion of Associate Dean of Workforce Engagement & Industrial Career Service Joy Fitts to Dean.

The board approved the college’s annual plan for 2022-2023, a summary of the college’s action items that align with the college’s strategic goals and mission. The board also accepted an in-kind gift of more than two hundred sheets of plastic laminate and particle boards from Robert Naumann of Lancia Brothers Woodworking from St. Louis, MO, for KC’s Carpentry Program. The total value of the gift is $23,162.

The board approved five new positions for the college, including:
•    A restructured Information Technology position to the new position of Cyber Security Pathway Careers Program Developer
•    An Industrial Trades and Manufacturing Program Coordinator
•    An Apprenticeships Building America Cooperative Grant Coordinator, contingent upon grant funding. 
•    An Early Childhood Consortium Coach, contingent upon grant funding.
•    A Full-Time Public Safety Security Officer

Additionally, the following personnel and faculty reappointment items were approved: 
•    Amy Troutt – Vice President of Student Services
•    Shawn Richards – Director of Public Safety
•    Maurya Gill – Human Resources Coordinator
•    Rachel Burkhardt – Adult Education Bridge and ICAPS Coordinator
•    Scott Steward – Athletic Director
•    Josie Lehde – Assistant Professor of Math
•    Kevin McCarty – Assistant Professor of Theatre/Speech
•    Kendall Kaskie – Retention and Online Student Success Coordinator
Megan Barnett – Assistant Professor of Nursing

First-Year Faculty to Second-Year Faculty Status:
Arts and Sciences
•    Lesley Brower
•    Ryan Norrenberns
•    Tim Wight
Nursing/Allied Health
•    Kaylee Hilmes
•    Amy Woltering

Third-Year Faculty to Tenured Faculty Status: 
Arts and Sciences
•    Michael Geiger
Career and Technical Education
•    Mark Litteken
Nursing/Allied Health
•    Marsha Baro
•    Kristina Rickoff

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