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Lewis and Clark Chief Academic Officer Jill Lane plans to retire in August

GODFREY – During the Lewis and Clark Community College (LCCC) board meeting, trustees approved the retirement of Chief Academic Officer Jill Lane which will take effect in August.

Lane has served Lewis and Clark as its Chief Academic Officer since 2020. She was Dean of Transfer Programs 2008-2021 and originally came to the college as an Assistant Professor of Speech in 2004.

Prior to LCCC, she was an Associate Professor of Communication at Lone Star Community College in Texas 2001-2004 and an adjunct faculty member at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois for many years. She served as the Director of Governmental Relations at the Illinois Community College Board 1996-2000 and as Projects Manager of the Illinois Legislative Studies Center at the University of Illinois-Springfield 1988-1996.

She also was staff to the Illinois General Assembly as an analyst at the Illinois Citizens Assembly and as staff in the Illinois Governor’s Office as a Budget Analyst for the Bureau of the Budget. She has authored several publications and presented at numerous regional, state and national conferences.

Over the course of her career, she has been involved in many community organizations including the Meeting of the Rivers Museum Foundation Board (2013-present), the Jacoby Arts Center Board of Trustees (2010-2013) and Evangelical Elementary (2004-2015) .

Lane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Drake University, a Master of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Illinois–Springfield and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Maryville University of St. Louis. She and her family reside in Godfrey.

Lewis and Clark President Ken Trzaska said that while he has not known her long, he thanked her for her time at the college.

“I know that she’ll be missed,” he said.

Lane also told the board that The Bridge, the college’s student newspaper, claimed 18 awards at this years Illinois Community College Journalism Spring Conference.

First place honors included Best Student Media; Staff Editorial for The Inaccessibility of an Accessible Campus by Linsa Dean; Page Design for the front page of Volume 51, Issue 15, by Kaleigh Grace; News Story for L&C Targeted By Ransomware Attack: Campus Remains Closed by Lynn McDonald; and Arts Review for Gang or Four’s “Entertainment!”: A Sonically Innovative Response to Late Capitalism by Keenan Mount.

Second place awards included Sports Column – Blazer Beat: Getting Back in the Groove by Nathan Tucker; Page Design for Jeff Vaughn Retires by Kaleigh Grace; News Photo of Mario Kart Tournament by Jacob Reese; Headline for The Inaccessibility of an Accessible Campus by Linsa Dean; Feature Writing for Here Comes the Sun to L&C’s New Garden Show by Lynn McDonald; and Feature Photo for Jeff Vaughn Retires by Kaleigh Grace.

Third place awards included Graphics for Blazer Bubble Bath Hygiene Closet Flyer by Emily Johnson; Editorial Cartoon for Masked Valentine by Mary Curvey; and News Column for Krystie’s Curiosities: The Piasa Bird by Krystie Morrison.

Honorable mention awards included Podcast for When We Get to It by Anthony Brown and staff; News Photo for Pride Club vs Wind: Fall Fest 2021 by Linsa Dean; Front Page Design for Volume 51, Issue 17, Front Page by Megan Lanham; and Feature Photo for Hula Hooping Tori by Linsa Dean.

Trustees on Tuesday also approved to renew the following lease agreements for July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, for Illinois Humanities, Pride, Inc., RiverBend Growth Association and the TRiO Educational Opportunity Center.

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