HARRISBURG – The Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) has chosen Dr. Jonah Rice, Southeastern Illinois College President, to receive ICCTA’s 2019 Advocacy Award. Rice was recognized at the ICCTA Awards Banquet on June 7, at the Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel in Itasca.
The ICCTA Executive Committee created this special award in 2006 to honor its recipient’s dedicated leadership in advocating for the needs of students and the Illinois community college system.
Rice has served in dual leadership roles this year: as president of SIC and as chair of the statewide Illinois Council of Community College Presidents.
Rice has proven to be a strong advocate for community colleges, pursuing difficult technical issues while also maintaining the peace in the various sectors of Illinois higher education. His communication skills and collaborative management style – which facilitated many meetings with public university presidents – have laid the groundwork for future collaborative efforts between community colleges and four-year institutions.
Rice is married to the former Megin Ewing, a Harrisburg High School graduate. The Rices have three children: Jacob, who is a freshman at SIC, pursuing a pre-med track, and twins Haley and Connor who both plan to attend SIC.
-- The Southern