January 25, 2017

January Letter to the Editor from Dr. Borowicz

Kishwaukee College President Reflects on First Year

As I look back on my first year as President of Kishwaukee College, I am amazed by the challenges, and resulting changes, the College faced in 2016.  We are vastly different in many ways than we were a year ago, but also very much the same College that our communities have relied on for higher education for the past 49 years. 

Reflecting on what initially drew me to Kish, it was the sense of family at the College, and there is no doubt that has not changed over the past year.  We might look a bit different, but the passion and commitment demonstrated by faculty and staff every day in service to our students is second to none.  Over the past year, we've learned how to work more efficiently with each other in our processes and services.  This became necessary with having fewer resources, but out of the financial challenge has come a positive in working closer together for our students. Change has become the norm at Kishwaukee College, and we have figured out how to stay focused on what matters most to our students and the communities we serve.

One thing that has become very clear is that with less resources, partnerships become even more important to our College.  We have worked to strengthen our partnerships with local K-12 school districts and the business community, to make sure we are focused on what matters most to those we serve.  By working closer together, we can be more efficient and effective, helping students in our communities be ready for college and a career.

Over the course of the past year, I have had the pleasure of getting to know many residents of the communities the College serves. I have learned that people are very proud of Kish, and I have yet to meet someone who did not either attend the College or have a family member that attended Kish.  Kish is beloved by those who live in the district, and rightly so.  The College has, and will continue to help many local residents, whether they chose to start their college career locally, are undecided on their college major, or want to learn a skill or trade for the local workforce.  Our goal is to continue the Kish pride that exists inside and outside the College walls.

As I start my second year of serving as President of Kishwaukee College, I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish and the services we have provided to our students and community. We have set a course for the future, with a strong, solid Board of Trustees helping to guide us.  While challenges still lie before us, we are ready to face them together. 

To learn more about the great things happening at Kish in the upcoming year, follow me on my blog at drlaurie.kishwaukeecollege.edu.

Dr. Laurie Borowicz
President, Kishwaukee College