SCC Press Release


SCC Names Dr. Phil Thomas VP of Teaching and Learning

Phil ThomasThe SCC Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Phil Thomas to the position of Vice President of Teaching and Learning at its regular meeting on Monday night.

Thomas is currently the Dean of Industrial Technologies at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA. He has a long history of working in the Iowa community college system, beginning his career in 1979. He taught Horticulture and served as Program Coordinator at Iowa Lakes Community College and then at Kirkwood before assuming his current role as Dean of Industrial Technologies.

Thomas holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Agriculture from Iowa State University. He is also in the process of completing a Ph D. in Community College Leadership from Iowa State University.

A search committee comprised of faculty members and administrators selected Thomas out of an interview pool of five candidates. He will be paid an annual salary of $105,000 plus benefits. He will begin his new position no later than August 1, 2010.

Thomas replaces Verlyn Fick who left SCC in December to become Vice President of Instruction and Provost at Cochise College in Arizona.

As Vice President of Teaching and Learning, Thomas will assume responsibilities for all credit and non-credit instruction and programming for the College. His position oversees SCC’s Deans of Humanities and Social Sciences, Career and Technical Programs, and Health and Natural Sciences, and SCC’s Center for Business.

With over 30 years of experience, Thomas brings with him a wealth of knowledge and leadership in career and technical education, and student success initiatives. In addition to his duties as Dean, he is currently the Chair of Iowa’s Career and Technical Deans, as well as the National Chair of Certified Educational Centers for the Fabricator and Manufactures Association.

SCC President Beverly Simone says that Thomas’ mixed experience as a long-time faculty member and a seasoned administrator will serve him well, “His years in the classroom will be a strong asset as he works with our faculty and administration to design, implement and strengthen instructional programs across the College. We’re excited to have him onboard.”

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