Kishwaukee College anounces promotions

MALTA — Kishwaukee College is pleased to announce four new members to the college’s leadership team, all of whom have been promoted from within the college.
Dave Dammon has been named the associate dean of career technologies. Dammon holds a B.S. in law enforcement administration and M.A. in law enforcement and justice administration, both from Western Illinois University. He was an adjunct instructor at the college from 2010-12 and a tenured associate professor and coordinator of criminal justice at Kishwaukee College from 2012-18.
“I am humbled to have been selected to lead the division I was an instructor in for 8 years. I feel we have the most talented faculty in any community college and I am honored to work with our faculty every day to provide a quality education to our students,” Dammon said of his new role.
Terry Lyn Funston has been named the director of curriculum and program development. She will fully assume her new position in January 2019.
In her new role, she will be conducting research and working with internal and external partners to manage the design of new program and curriculum updates for transfer and career technical education.
She will also be coordinating curriculum development for contract training. Funston holds a B.S. in education from The University of Alabama, an M.S. in psychology from Capella University, an M.A. in counseling from Marshall University, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration from Northeastern University. Previously, she was an assistant professor of psychology at Kishwaukee College.
“I am excited to be part of the college’s initiative to provide new programs, training, certificates, and degrees to meet the needs of our current and future students and district residents,” Funston said of her new role.
Barbara Leach has been named associate dean for accreditation, assessments and grants. In this role, Leach will be preparing the College for the Higher Learning Commission and Illinois Community College Board Accreditations.
Additionally, she will be assisting with assessment projects and tracking grant opportunities for the college. Leach holds a B.A. in English/secondary education and an M.S. in instructional technology, both from Northern Illinois University, and an M.S.Ed. in school counseling from Liberty University. She previously served four years as a testing assistant at Kishwaukee College.
“I’m looking forward to serving the Kishwaukee College community. I am excited to work with people in all areas of the college,” Leach said of her new role.
Kyra Rider has been named the associate dean of math/science/business. In her new role, she will work with faculty and administration to ensure systems are in place to improve the student experience at the college and ensure course offerings reflect student needs.
Rider holds a B.S. in mathematics, an M.S.Ed. in instructional technology, and an M.S. in mathematics education, all from Northern Illinois University. She has served as an assistant professor of mathematics at the college since 2011.
“I look forward to supporting Kishwaukee College students, faculty, and staff in a new capacity.  I am thrilled to continue working with such wonderful people,” Rider said of her new role.
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