Prairie State College Board of Trustees Selects New President

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Mark Fazzini, chair of Prairie State College (PSC) Board of Trustees, announced the selection of Eric C. Radtke, Ph.D., as the next president of the college. “We are excited that Dr. Radtke accepted our offer and are looking forward to working with him as we move forward with our mission of offering student-centered instruction to the residents in our district.”

Trustee Peg Donahue said she believes Radtke was an excellent selection for the position. According to Donahue, the decision was unanimous, "It was very exciting.  We had four good candidates.  There was no question among any of the trustees that this was the candidate we wanted.  I was very pleased."

She said the selection process was a positive experience for board members, "The whole process was very positive for the board.  I think everyone has made a recommitment to work together for the good of this wonderful college.  Dr. Radtke, I feel is going to lead the way."

According to officials at the college, for the past 24 years, Radtke’s career has focused on providing community college executive leadership combined with a strong background in college operations. Prior to accepting the presidency of PSC, Radtke served as executive vice president of administration for Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. Cuyahoga Community College has approximately 26,000 students and offers both credit and non credit courses.

Before joining Cuyahoga Community College, Radtke was director of planning, budget, and human resources and director of academic services for the Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Radtke has extensive experience leading strategic planning and institutional research, facilities planning and management, legislative relations, and board relations.

David Brownell, interim PSC president, said, “Dr. Radtke was chosen from a field of 55 candidates that was narrowed down to four who visited the college during the past two weeks. We are very pleased he has accepted our offer to become president of Prairie State College.” Brownell also credited the college search committee that was chaired by Mary Reaves, vice president of student affairs, for keeping the search process moving forward and on schedule.

It is anticipated that Radtke will assume his duties at PSC by August 1, 2008.