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Forde Selected to ICCCA Aspiring Leaders Cohort

Lincoln Trail College Coordinator of Marketing and Public Information Chris Forde has been selected to participate in the Illinois Council of Community College Administrators Aspiring Leaders Cohort.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” says Forde. “I feel like this will give me a great opportunity to grow personally and professionally and I look forward to bringing back what I learn to Lincoln Trail College and Crawford County.”

The ICCCA Aspiring Leaders Cohort is intended to provide professional development and networking opportunities for employees who intend to pursue leadership roles in the Illinois Community College system. Only 23 people across the state, including Forde, were selected to participate. 

“It’s not surprising at all that Mr. Forde was selected to be a part of the 2017 Aspiring Leaders Cohort,” says LTC President Dr. Ryan Gower.  “For years, Chris has demonstrated exceptional leadership at the college and in the community at large.  He has a big vision, a tireless work ethic which has earned him the trust and support of his peers.”

Forde wants to be able to use the Aspiring Leaders Cohort as a way to take on more leadership responsibilities at Lincoln Trail College. He’s already been instrumental in teaching his colleagues ways to handle an armed intruder event on campus. 

“Bringing back what I learn and helping the community is also very important to me,” says Forde, who is already an active leader in Crawford County. Forde is one of the co-founders of Leadership Crawford County and is currently a board member for Crawford County CEO. He serves as the chairman of the Crawford County 911 Board and is a Police Commissioner for the City of Robinson. Forde is the Vice President for Membership for the Robinson Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Crawford Memorial Foundation Board. 

While Forde is already an active member of the community, he says he would like to see his role grow. “I’ve always been interested in politics and I see how our local, elected leaders can make a profound impact. I would like to use my leadership experiences, including the Aspiring Leaders Cohort, and run for local office.”

“Chris has a big vision for the role LTC can play in our local communities.  He understands that a healthy college will ultimately strengthen our local economy.,” says Gower.  “The work that he has done to promote the efforts of the college is exceptional.  The quality of work that he produces to promote IECC rivals the efforts done on any four-year campus where the staff and budgets are significantly larger. As a member of the Aspiring Leaders cohort, his ability to lead on our campus and in our local communities will only be enhanced.  He will have the opportunity to interact with leadership from other campuses to share with them the work he is doing here and to bring back new ideas for how we can continue to innovate here.”

Forde will attend the ICCCA Conference in Springfield in November.

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