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McHenry County College President Receives Additional Contract Extension

The McHenry County College Board of Trustees has approved a fourth contract extension for MCC President Clinton Gabbard, Ph.D., extending an additional year through Dec. 31, 2024. Gabbard became the College’s eighth president on January 11, 2016.

Board Chair Mike Smith voiced the Board’s strong support of Dr. Gabbard’s leadership, stating, “We have a genuine interest in extending Dr. Gabbard’s contract. He has continued to exceed the high expectations we, as a Board, had for him upon his arrival in early 2016, and we are confident that his leadership will remain vital to McHenry County College’s extraordinary success moving forward.”

Gabbard’s strong commitment to furthering the College’s mission of learning and student success has helped move the College forward in a variety of strategic areas, including: student enrollment growth; a growing apprenticeship and internship program with area employers; extensive renovations across campus; the launch of a new Center for Agrarian Learning; and most recently, the College’s proactive COVID-19 response, and an institution-wide initiative on diversity and inclusion.

“Dr. Gabbard’s extraordinary efforts to strengthen collaborations throughout the community and across all of its stakeholders demonstrate the ongoing commitment that the institution has to contribute to the overall health and success of McHenry County,” Smith added.

“Everyone at MCC, beginning with our Board, and continuing through every classroom and office, takes seriously our commitment to being champions for education that leads to learning, careers, and economic development for our community,” shared Gabbard.

Before joining MCC in 2016, Gabbard served in administration and leadership roles at Lake Michigan College, Walla Walla Community College, Purdue University, and University of Notre Dame. Gabbard earned his bachelor’s degree from Evangel College and both his master’s and doctorate degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife, Ronda, live in Bull Valley, IL.

“It is a privilege to be able to provide leadership and work with so many talented people. I have seen this talent first-hand, simply by how our people have given their passion and focus during such a challenging time in our world’s history,” Gabbard added. “I am honored to serve in McHenry County, and I look forward to many exciting things ahead for the College.”