Mendota Reporter | IVCC’s Corcoran will retire in 2023

OGLESBY-Dr. Jerry Corcoran, president of Illinois Valley Community College since 2008, has announced his proposed resignation.

After a two-hour retreat on Aug. 15, trustees appointed former Seneca School Supt. Jim Carlson to serve as advisor on the search for the President.

In a message to staff, Corcoran said, “I look forward to working with Dr. Carlson for the next 10 months until my scheduled retirement on July 1, 2023.

“We have great people in key areas of the college including vice presidents, deans, directors, wonderful assistants and fantastic faculty. Every employee contributes to the success of the course.

“The five goals we set ourselves for this year will be achieved. It has been an honor and privilege to work with you,” he said.

By the time he leaves the IVCC, Corcoran will have served 33 years, the last 15 of which as President. He was appointed 10th IVCCth President on March 18, 2008 and is the third longest serving. only dr Al Wisgoski (1974-1996) and Dr. Francis Dolan (1947-67) served longer.

Major achievements of Corcoran’s tenure include:

  • Construction of the $30.5 million Peter Miller Community Technology Center project
  • Construction of the truck driver training facility and skill path
  • Ottawa Center satellite campus opened in 2010
  • Raised nearly $4 million in private funding
  • Renovation of the chemistry and biology laboratories
  • Construction of Student Life Center and Internet Cafe (now Eagle Point Cafe)
  • revitalizing IVCC agriculture and criminal justice programs; and
  • Establishment of new programs in the areas of cybersecurity, medical assistant and dental hygiene (opening autumn 2023).

Corcoran started at IVCC in 1990 as the head of the Dislocated Workers Center and later as the head of purchasing before being promoted to head of Human Resources. He then served five years as vice president of business services and finance.

He lives with his wife Katherine on the Corcoran family farm north of Ottawa.

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