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Shawnee Community College has selected a new president — she's a Southern Illinois native and an SCC grad

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ULLIN — A Southern Illinois native and Shawnee Community College graduate has been chosen to be the school's next president.

On Monday, the SCC Board of Trustees selected Peggy F. Bradford as the college’s eighth president. The Elmsford, New York, resident succeeds Tim Bellamey, who retired at the end of April.  She also becomes the college's first woman president and its first African American leader.

“Dr. Bradford brings a fresh perspective to our college community and district," Steve Heisner, board chair, said in a news release. "We are very excited about her vision to provide strong leadership, while engaging the college and its constituency in a joint effort to stimulate an environment that prepares our students for success, provides a catalyst for industry, engages in cooperative relationships with our local high schools and creates a culture that makes people proud to be a part of Shawnee Community College.”

Bradford returns to her alma mater as president with plans to advance the college by encompassing a student-centered approach to enrollment, retention and culture.

Bradford previously served as the provost and vice president of academic affairs at State University of New York Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York. 

Bradford earned her doctorate in education in higher education administration from Northern Illinois University; Juris Doctor in corporate and business planning law from the University of Iowa College of Law; Master of Science in administration and community development from Southern Illinois University Carbondale; and Bachelor of Science in counseling and administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.


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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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