NIACC Board Selects New President

Steven Schulz, provost at Des Moines Area Community College, Carroll campus, has been selected to serve as the next president of North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). The announcement was made by the NIACC Board of Trustees during the board’s business meeting Thursday evening.

Schulz attended the meeting with his wife Cathie and daughters Lindsey and Caitlyn.

“We are so pleased to have Dr. Schulz as our incoming president,” said Board President Toni Noah. “This is a very important day for the College.”

After the announcement, Schulz signed his new contract, which begins December 1.

“I am so excited for this next step,” he said during a break from the meeting. “From the beginning, this just felt like the perfect choice for me and my family.”

The NIACC Board has been searching for a new president after Dr. Debra Derr resigned in June to become president of Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon. Former NIACC President Dr. David Buettner has been serving as interim since July 1.

The NIACC Board had selected four finalists in September. In addition to Schulz, they were: Ann Valentine, chancellor at Ivy Tech Community College, Wabash Valley Region in Greencastle, IN; Steve Carignan, associate dean of the College of Humanities Arts and Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and Greg Schmitz, president of The VGM Group in Waterloo.

“We had four excellent finalists to choose from,” Noah said. “We could not have been more pleased with the selection we had before us. Our consultant, Dr. Larry Ebbers did a wonderful job bringing us terrific applicants and helping us through this process. Now, we look forward to working with our new president.”


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