ICCTA Certificate of Merit
Dr. Donald G. Crist
Carl Sandburg College
"Don Crist personifies the axiom,
‘Bloom where you are planted,'" says ICCTA president Richard Anderson.
Serving his entire career at one college, Dr. Crist rose from industrial program
coordinator to president. This background in workforce training led to new
partnerships between Carl Sandburg College and local business and industry.
Sharon Tarvin (left) and Donald Crist
accept their ICCTA Certificates of Merit from executive director Gary Davis
and president-elect Jack Daley.
Among those initiatives were the
creation of an Educational Technology Center and the Center for Manufacturing Excellence --
both praised by President Clinton during his 1995 visit
to Carl Sandburg College.
The school also experienced a 43 percent increase in student headcount
during Crist's 1991 - 2001 presidency.
Crist's influence has been felt far beyond west central Illinois.
A member of the American Association of Community College's
Technology Task Force, he is an evaluator with the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2000 his peers elected
him to a one-year term as chair of the Illinois Presidents Council.
Founding board chair
Heartland Community College
Tarvin served as board chair of the state's youngest community college from its creation
in 1991 until November 2001. During those 10 years, she effectively articulated Heartland's
mission to the media, civic leaders, and an initially resistant community.
In addition, she called upon the college to be accountable to its constituents,
further improving public understanding and acceptance. As Heartland's enrollment
grew from zero to more than 4,000 credit and 3,500 non-credit students,
Tarvin successfully lobbied to ensure that the new institution was housed in
a state-of-the-art permanent campus.
At the state level, Tarvin facilitated seminars on board/CEO relations and was
elected chair of ICCTA's East Central Region for 1996-97. She also served on
several association committees, including the Executive Committee.
For additional information on ICCTA's Certificate of
Merit, please contact
Kim Villanueva at 217-528-2858, ext. 1.
Illinois Community College Trustees Association|
401 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
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