by Craig Findley, Chair, LLCC Board of Trustees
Saturday evening, May 7, at the 10th Annual Lincoln Land Community College Foundation Gala, it was my privilege to recognize and honor Dr. Charlotte Warren on the 10th anniversary of her leadership as LLCC president.
It was an evening to celebrate a decade of presidential accomplishments, and also those of a dedicated LLCC Foundation, led by its board and capable executive director Karen Sanders.
In my opinion, the employment of Charlotte Warren is the best decision ever made by the LLCC Board of Trustees.
Our first female president arrived at LLCC on May 1, 2006, hit the ground running and has never stopped. We begin a second decade of progress and stability with great confidence in the future.
Charlotte was unaware of our decision to recognize her last evening. Otherwise she would have refused. Charlotte never shines the spotlight on herself. We had to do it for her. Every month at trustee meetings she reports on the accomplishments of the college and those responsible, always recognizing others, never herself.
Anyone who knows, works or serves with Dr. Warren is familiar with her calm, steady and wise leadership. Her service to our college, state and nation is exemplary.
Some highlights of her decade at LLCC include:
- The college constructed three new buildings and renovated three others throughout our district, which greatly upgraded and improved student learning spaces.
- Dr. Warren enhanced community partnerships and expanded our workforce development training programs, especially for underserved populations.
- She oversees college operations with a solid strategic plan, goals and performance indicators reported publicly on a dashboard.
- Through the LLCC Foundation, the college embarked on a multi-million-dollar fundraising campaign to grow our endowment and provide more scholarships and services to students.
- Dr. Warren’s emphasis on fiscally conservative budgeting has helped us navigate the current budget challenges facing all publicly funded institutions of higher learning in Illinois.
- Dr. Warren – Colonel, Retired and Honorary Brigadier General for the Georgia National Guard – represents LLCC in impressive leadership positions within the community, state and nation. She serves on the Board of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Christian County Economic Development Board and chairs the Mid-Illinois Medical District. She is past chair of United Way of Central Illinois. She is president of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents, and serves on several boards of the American Association of Community Colleges. She has served as a national spokesperson on the subject of nursing education. Most recently, she became a board member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board headquartered in Washington, D.C.
- Dr. Warren meets regularly with legislative, business and community leaders to assess the needs of the 15-county LLCC district and discuss ways the college can fill those needs through workforce development, college transfer and community education programs.
The LLCC Board of Trustees saw the great potential in Dr. Warren as she embarked on her first community college presidency. Her resume and academic credentials were impeccable, coming from a position as president of the Community College Alliance and vice president of the Virtual Campus at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that, and in addition to her military service in the Georgia National Guard, she served as provost of a campus of Georgia Perimeter College, had 30 years of teaching experience in research universities and community colleges, chaired a department of nursing, served as president of the Georgia Nurse’s Association, and was a psychotherapist in private practice.
On behalf of the LLCC Board of Trustees, I congratulate Charlotte Warren, Ph.D. for 10 years of dedicated leadership at LLCC. It has been my honor as board chair, vice chair and member of the Board of Trustees throughout the past decade to serve with her. The Springfield community and the entire LLCC district are extremely fortunate to have a leader such as Dr. Warren at the helm of a local institution with such far-reaching impact. We look forward to more years of progress and student success with her at LLCC as we approach LLCC’s 50th anniversary.