President of Greenville College Visits KC

Dr. Ivan Filby, newly elected president of Greenville College, visited Kaskaskia College on Wednesday, September 11.


Dr. Filby, who took office in July, was greeted by most of the KC senior administrators in an informal reception hosted by Dr. Jim Underwood, president of Kaskaskia College.  After introductions, Dr. Underwood gave Dr. Filby an overview of the operations of the College, including highlighting the ongoing initiatives for growth and the status of the various capital campaign projects currently underway.


Dr. Filby showed particular interest in the leadership structure of KC, including the Leadership Institute classes in which college personnel are taught tenets of the College’s philosophy of servant leadership, among other topics, in a class that meets twice per month for the academic year.  Upon his request, curricula from the Leadership Institute will be made available to Dr. Filby.


Dr. Underwood and Dr. Filby spoke at length of the ongoing partnership between Kaskaskia College and Greenville College.  Greenville College was the first institution of higher learning to have entered into an agreement with Kaskaskia College for the benefit of students from both institutions.  To date, KC and GC have created programs in Organizational Leadership, Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP), and most recently a Bachelor of Science Nursing Program that allows current KC students to transfer seamlessly into Greenville College majors, with some classes taking place at Kaskaskia College.


“It is so important to us to not only sustain our relationship with Greenville College, but to grow it,” Dr. Underwood said.


Dr. Filby was educated in his native England and in Ireland before coming to the United States.  He previously taught at Greenville College before taking a position in California.  He was made the 12th President of Greenville College and assumed office on July 1 of this year.  He has a background as a strong leader and academic innovator, and his leadership philosophy, in a nutshell, may be reflected in a statement he made at the reception:  “It is extremely important to me to treat people as individuals,” he said.​

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