Shawnee Community College has chosen Peggy F. Bradford as the college’s eighth president.
Being no stranger to the area, Bradford is a southern Illinois native and attended Shawnee Community College, earning her Associate of Arts degree. Bradford returns to her alma mater as president with plans to advance the college by encompassing a student-centered approach to enrollment, retention and culture.
Bradford previously served as the provost and vice president of academic affairs at the State University of New York’s Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York.
She plans to work with community members and institutions in the area to determine the needs and how to offer the right education and training for students.
“I’m seeing that the population is declining and that those jobs have moved on, and so there’s a different type of training and education that we need to do to be able to reach out and connect more with the community,” she told The Gazette-Democrat.
She earned her Ed.D. in higher education administration from Northern Illinois University, a Juris Doctor in corporate and business planning law from The University of Iowa-College of Law, a Master of Science in administration and community development from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Bachelor of Science in counseling and administration from SIU.