With so many quality candidates, it all came down to experience and a great fit. Finding someone who could truly reflect a culture of ‘high aspirations and high expectations’ for staff, faculty and students was at the top of the list when reviewing candidates for the position of president at Scott Community College. One individual combined a steady progression of growth in more than six college administrative posts with a laser focus on meeting student needs to stand out among the rest.
“We couldn’t have been more pleased with the many highly qualified candidates for the position”, said Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Chancellor Don Doucette when announcing the hiring of Dr. Lyn Cochran as the next president of Scott Community College. “Dr. Cochran stood out among the finalists. Her extensive background is a great asset for our institution.” Dr. Cochran took over the reins from retiring president Teresa Paper in August. Her previous experience includes serving as Assistant Vice President for Organizational Development at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at North Iowa Community College in Mason City; Dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Sciences at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN; Campus Executive Officer and Dean at University of Wisconsin-Richland; Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN; and Assistant Dean for Communications and Industrial Technology at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE.
“I had a tremendous experience during my interview process at SCC and very much enjoyed the entire college community,” Cochran said. “My family and I think it’s an honor and a privilege to be invited to join the college and we’re very excited to be relocating to a vibrant community like the Quad Cities.”