Ambrose Named LTC President and Vice Chancellor of Institutional Outreach

A portrait of Tona Ambrose
Jul 20, 2023

Tona Ambrose has been named the new President at Lincoln Trail College. She will also serve as the Vice Chancellor of Institutional Outreach (VCIO) for Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (IECC). Ambrose is the 12th President in Lincoln Trail College’s history.
“Simply put, I am very humbled, grateful, honored, and extremely excited about being named the President of LTC and the VCIO,” said Ambrose. “I'd like to say thank you to everyone at IECC, to the Board of Trustees, and to the community members who I've had the pleasure of working with already, for this amazing opportunity and to my family, friends, and former students for their inspiration and encouragement.”
Ambrose had been serving as the Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at IECC for the last two years. Before that, she was the Director of College Access at LTC as well as an adjunct instructor. Before coming to Robinson, Ambrose worked at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., where she served as the Project Manager for College Access and Co-Director of Pre-College Summer Camp Programming. She also served as a class instructor and facilitator/academic counselor in GVSU’s Freshmen Athlete Scholarship Track program.
“My 16 years of diverse experiences in higher education, both in two- and four-year institutions, have provided me with a solid foundation that will now serve as the launching point for this new chapter of leadership at IECC,” said Ambrose. “I'm grateful to have had many respectable role-models along the way and will apply what I've learned from these leaders, together with my educational background, for a strong start that fosters a culture of collaboration, continuous improvement, growth and innovation, all with a student-centered approach.”
Ambrose will assume the LTC Presidency at a time when changes are taking place across the IECC system.  The Presidents of Frontier, Olney Central, Wabash Valley, and Lincoln Trail are assuming duties that span and connect the four colleges.  “IECC is a system of colleges, and we recognized the need for better internal collaboration and sharing of resources in order to continue to serve our students well” said Dr. Ryan Gower, Chancellor of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges.  “President Ambrose brings a proven track-record of project management and relationship building that are exactly what the College and our District needs at this critical juncture.”
In her role as the Vice Chancellor of Institutional Outreach, Ambrose will lead all four colleges efforts in dual credit, enrollment management, marketing, adult education, and TRIO Upward Bound. “I'm thrilled that this position now consists of both the LTC Presidential responsibilities, as well as the new VCIO work across the district, and am eager to continue building strong relationships both inside and outside of IECC.”
Ambrose will begin her new position on August 7 and she’s looking forward to getting started. “My top priorities in this new position will be to connect with all of the faculty and staff who serve LTC, as well as the leadership teams who are under the IECC Institutional Outreach umbrella, to begin bridge-building with the community, and to get to know all of our Fall 2023 students.”