SCC Welcomes New Academics VP Dr. Amanda Estey

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa — Southeastern Community College (SCC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Amanda Estey as its new Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Estey began her role on June 10.

Dr. Estey comes to SCC from Seminole State College in southeast Oklahoma where she held a similar role since 2022. Previously, Dr. Estey was the dean of academics at Iowa Valley Community College in Ellsworth, IA.

She holds a doctorate in education with an emphasis in leadership and policy studies from Iowa State University.

Dr. Estey was selected from a shortlist of candidates identified through a nationwide search and succeeds Dr. Janet Shepherd, who will retire later this month.

“Dr. Estey was a standout throughout the process,” said SCC President Dr. Michael Ash. “She is an excellent addition to the team and I’m confident the leadership handoff from Dr. Shepherd will be smooth. She will do great.”

Barely a week into the job, Dr. Estey already has a big to do list.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know our faculty and learn about their programs,” Dr. Estey said. “I’m also excited to get involved in our communities and continue building SCC’s amazing relationships throughout the region.”

As SCC’s chief academic officer, Dr. Estey will play crucial leadership and supporting roles in a number of key initiatives, including its partnership with Great River Health to deliver high-quality health programming, expanding college credit offerings with area high schools, developing new technical training programs and 4-year institution transfer agreements, and maintaining accreditation.

When asked why she pursued the post at SCC, Dr. Estey was quick to reply that it was in large part due to SCC’s reputation in community college circles.

“I did my research ahead of time,” said Dr. Estey. “Everyone I talked to had nothing but great things to say about SCC. When my husband and I visited the campuses, we were blown away with the facilities. And everyone I’ve met has been great.”

Growing up on a farm in South Dakota, SCC’s rural location and close-knit community makeup felt familiar to Dr. Estey, adding to the appeal.

“I really enjoy small rural communities,” said Dr. Estey. “I’ve got a strong background in agriculture, cattle, and equine, and my husband is from Des Moines. Iowa is home and we’re thrilled to be back.”

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Dr. Amanda Estey

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