Boyce Named New Dean of Instruction at Lincoln Trail College

Headshot of Cyndi Boyce
Jan 18, 2023

Cyndi Boyce has been named the new Dean of Instruction at Lincoln Trail College. Boyce had been serving as the College’s Interim Dean since the summer.
Boyce, who has been an instructor at LTC since 2006, says serving as the Dean of Instruction will help students, faculty, and staff at the College. “Serving as the Dean of Instruction gives me the opportunity to better the educational experience for our students while also providing the support that our faculty and staff need to excel in their positions.”
She believes that her experience in the classroom will help as the Dean because she has a true understanding of the concerns of faculty, classroom needs, and of today’s students. She feels that will help her better serve faculty and students.
“Cyndi will be an excellent addition to our leadership team,” said Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Ryan Gower. “As a District, we are taking a step back to look at how we can best serve our students at all four Colleges.  Having worked with her for seven years, I have found her to be someone who embraces change personally and inspires others to do the same.  She is a student-centered leader and that is precisely what IECC needs more of right now.”
While at LTC, Boyce has taken on statewide leadership roles. She serves on the Faculty Advisory Council to the Illinois Board of Higher Education and is the Chair of the Community College Caucus. She’s served on the Dual-Credit, Mental Health, Equity and Inclusion, and Student Debt and Affordability working groups. Additionally, she was appointed to serve on the College Course Materials Affordability and Equitable Access Task Force.
Boyce’s work at LTC includes serving as Student Senate Advisor and organizing and overseeing the LTCares Food Pantry. She’s developed 20 online courses across six disciplines, two courses for transfer curriculum, and seven courses for career and technical curriculum. She’s served on numerous committees and has been the Discipline Chair of Assessment, Social Sciences. She earned the College’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, the Excellence in Online Education Award in 2021, and the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2021.
She says LTC has a strong reputation for academics and she wants to make it even stronger. “I am extremely proud of our institution and the quality of education that we provide for our students and our community.  As we move forward, it is important to grow and adapt with student populations, provide our faculty with professional development opportunities, and continue to offer robust and high quality courses and programs.”
She also wants to see LTC grow. “It is important to partner with business and industry in our communities and to keep in mind that the community is broader than Crawford County and Illinois.  Which occupations is there a demand for?  What skills are employers looking for?  Answering these questions will help us know what types of programs we should be offering at LTC and IECC.  In addition, I feel it important for community colleges to engage in community-based education.  Learning and preparing for a career must go beyond the classroom.   Active, engaged learning is essential to equipping students with the skills that employers want to see and the practical knowledge that students need to be successful.”