President Search

The Board of Trustees of Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa, invites applications and nominations for the position of College President. The President is the chief executive officer and reports to a nine-member Board of Trustees elected by the residents of the college’s 10-county service region. The Hawkeye Community College Board of Trustees uses the Policy Governance model of governance with the President as its only employee. 

Established in 1966, Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college focused on meeting the needs of the community, providing quality, affordable training for learners at all stages of life. First opened as Hawkeye Institute of Technology, today Hawkeye Community College serves more than 25,000 individuals and awards almost 1,500 diplomas and degrees annually. Hawkeye has a community impact of $106 million and 1,400 jobs. Since 1966, the college has graduated more than 50,000 students, with 94 percent staying in Iowa.

After eight years of service, Hawkeye Community College President Dr. Linda Allen has announced her impending retirement effective June 30, 2019. True to its mission and vision, Hawkeye Community College seeks an individual who is innovative and visionary, inspirational and empowering, forward thinking and proactive, a team builder who is an excellent communicator.

The Hawkeye Community College Board of Trustees conducted an online survey and a series of open forums for faculty, staff, students, and community members to provide input as it developed a profile for the next President of Hawkeye Community College. As a result of these forums and discussion at a Board work session, these personal and professional characteristics are most sought after:

Personal Characteristics

  • Excellent communicator and listener; innovative, visionary, and engaged.
  • Honest, trustworthy, authentic, genuine, ethical, and respectful.
  • Transparent, open and approachable; inspirational and empowering.
  • Proactive, progressive, and forward-thinking; collaborative relationship- and team-builder.

Professional Characteristics

  • The President will be a decision maker with an acumen for legislative advocacy and a proven record of fiscal responsibility.
  • The President will have demonstrated experience with student assessments, recruitment and retention; be a servant leader focused on student success while serving community needs.
  • The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in building partnerships with area K-12 schools and 4-year colleges; and with business and industry to meet workforce needs and support economic development.
  • The President will have demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse communities through a commitment to equity and inclusion.


  • Master’s Degree required; Doctorate preferred, from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum of five years of executive leadership experience.

Application Procedure

Applications received by March 22, 2019, will receive full consideration; applications will continue to be accepted until a President has been named. This search process is confidential. 

Questions can be directed to Dr. Ebbers.

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