Lewis and Clark Community College

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Lewis and Clark Community College is a comprehensive community college in the Metro-East region of Illinois in Godfrey, serving 20,000 credit and non-credit students annually.

The two-year higher education institution has campuses, training centers and Community Education Centers located throughout the college district, offering everything from GED training, College for Kids and Workforce Training to numerous certificate, associate and transfer degree programs.

Its main campus is located in Godfrey, Illinois on the grounds of the former Monticello College, a women's finishing school. Established in 1838, the last Monticello class graduated in 1971 and the first LCCC co-ed class began in 1970. Many of the original buildings are still used, and a gymnasium, math and science complex and state-of-the-art nursing building have been added since. The N.O. Nelson campus (named after N.O. Nelson, founder of the village of Leclaire, Ill.) is located in Edwardsville, Ill.

The college is the first and only community college campus to operate a nurse managed healthcare center to help underserved members of the community receive affordable healthcare. The Lewis and Clark Family Health Clinic was named one of three national winners of the prestigious 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award, along with a $50,000 grant, in the spring of 2010.[1]

Lewis and Clark has made a commitment to [2]"going green," through signed agreements with the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), the Illinois Sustainable University Commitment (ISUC) and the St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium (SLHESC), and through various efforts on campus including energy efficient lighting, composting and sustainable landscaping, among others.

In October 2010, the college, in conjunction with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, the University of Illinois and the Illinois Natural History Survey dedicated a state of the art river research Confluence Field Station along the Mississippi River, just south of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton, Ill., that stands as a model of LEED-certified green construction.

Degrees Offered[edit]

An updated and complete list of degree and certificate programs is located online at the college's official website.

Notable alumni[edit]

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Athletic Teams[edit]

Lewis and Clark Community College competes as member of the NJCAA in the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference. The athletics teams - men and women's soccer, men and women's basketball, men and women's tennis, volleyball, golf, softball and baseball - are referred to as the Trailblazers.

Championships: [3] In 1999, the Lewis and Clark Community College Women's Soccer Team won a NJCAA National Championship after they defeated Champlain, 3-1. In 2008, the Lewis and Clark Community College Women’s Soccer Team defeated the No. 1 seed, Darton College 3-2 to win the NJCAA National Championship.

Lewis and Clark President[edit]

Dr. Dale T. Chapman is president of Lewis and Clark Community College.

Chapman received his Doctorate in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. He earned a master's degree from Michigan State University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky.

Prior to Lewis and Clark, his professional career included graduate and administrative positions with the College Board, the American Council on Education, Education Commission of the States, Harvard University, Suomi College, Kentucky Council on Higher Education, University of Kentucky and Jefferson Community College.

Chapman also has an extensive background in working with state and regional organizations. His past state-wide affiliations include: The Legislative Committee, Illinois Council of Community College Presidents; Member and Program Chair of the Illinois Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission and Vice Chairman, Governor’s Higher Education Transition Team. Regional affiliations have included, among others, the following: Board Chairman, River Bend Growth Association; Board Chairman, Madison County Urban League; Campaign Chairman, United Way of Greater St. Louis; Board Member, St. Anthony’s Hospital; Board Chairman, Riverbend Head Start and Family Services; Board Member, Greater Alton/Twin Rivers Convention & Visitors Bureau; Executive Committee, Southwestern Illinois Employers Association; President, Lewis and Clark Community College Foundation; Board Chair, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Meeting of the Rivers Foundation; Board Member, Education Committee, Missouri Botanical Garden; and Chair, Salvation Army.

During his tenure as the president of Lewis and Clark, the college’s enrollment has more than quadrupled from 3,000 to 20,000 students. Chapman has also overseen the construction of many major capital projects totaling more than $123,000,000. Major projects include: the McPike Complex, which includes the Olin Science Building, The Commons, Robert L. Watson Math Building and the Templin Nursing Building; the River Bend Arena, the renovation of Trimpe; the construction and renovation of the N.O. Nelson Campus in Edwardsville, the construction of the Macoupin County Community Education Center in Carlinville, the renovation and construction of music facilities including the Ringhausen Music Building, the renovation of Gilman Hall and the relocation of the Benjamin Godfrey Chapel; the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center's Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station, and many other campus improvement and renovation projects.

[4] The college received national publicity in 2010 when Chapman retired (on May 31) in an effort to access his vested retirement funds and resolve financial issues that stemmed from the purchase of an investment property in Massachusetts a number of years prior. According to the college, the Board of Trustees reluctantly acceded to Chapman's retirement request and indicated they were "hopeful that Dr. Chapman would consider being rehired as President once he is able to resolve his financial issues." Vice President Gary Ayres was named Acting President.

[5] In August 2010, the Board voted unanimously to rehire Chapman as president. Board Chairman Robert Watson was quoted as saying, “For nearly 20 years Dr. Chapman has led Lewis and Clark Community College through tremendous periods of growth; he has worked with local, state and national agencies to expand learning and cultural opportunities for residents of this district; and he continues to be a respected leader in higher education across the nation and in this community. He has a proven track record of success at Lewis and Clark, and we are pleased to welcome him back as president.”

The actions of the Board of Trustees that allowed the arrangement have been questioned, as they held the position open and did not search for a new president. A similar situation led to the resignation of Louisiana Commissioner of Education Sally Clausen of Baton Rouge earlier that year after she retired for one day and returned to the job to collect both salary of more than $500,000 annually and retirement benefits simultaneously.[6]

The practice of double dipping is illegal in most states and has been outlawed in Illinois beginning in 2011.[7] Although Chapman's situation is slightly ambiguous, he is not receiving an annuity and therefore not truly receiving two simultaneous salaries.

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