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Prairie State College announces finalists for presidential search

The Prairie State College Board of Trustees have announced that Dr. Michael D. Anthony and Dr. Pamela Haney are the final two candidates in the search for the college’s 17th president. They will be interviewed the week of Sept. 20.

Anthony currently serves as the vice president of student affairs and institutional effectiveness at PSC. He has 18 years of experience in higher education and has been involved nationally within the student affairs profession since the start of his career.

Anthony previously served as the vice president of student affairs and enrollment management at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota; chief diversity officer at Oakton Community College; and director of the cultural center at the University of Louisville.

Anthony has taught at both two and four-year institutions and has led hundreds of workshops on various topics. His publications focus on African American male success in college, leadership pedagogy and decision making. He was a fellow with the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership.

Anthony received a doctorate in educational leadership and organizational development and a master of arts in higher education administration from the University of Louisville. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management from North Carolina State University.

Haney is vice president of academic affairs at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills. She has 26 years of experience in higher education, including 17 years at Moraine Valley serving as dean of science, business, and computer technology; dean of liberal arts; and dean of academic services. on oversight of academic and workforce areas.

Haney has worked at the University of Nevada-Reno, where she served as university ombudsman for faculty and staff from 2007 to 2009 at the University of Nevada-Reno; program administrator and an assistant professor of communication arts at Defiance College in Ohio; co-director of the honors program, communication arts internship director, and multicultural programming events coordinator. She also taught speech communication as an assistant professor at Norfolk State University in Virginia.

She received a doctorate in interpersonal communication from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, a master of arts degree in speech communication, and a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication from Norfolk State University in Virginia.

For more about the presidential search process, visit prairiestate.edu/presidentssearch.aspx.

PSC has been under the direction of Thomas Saban, who was named interim president following the resignation of Terri L. Winfree as president in March 2020. She was appointed president in 2013.

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