Chancellor to be commencement speaker
LBW Community College will welcome Dr. Mark Heinrich, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, as the 2013 commencement speaker on May 10.
“We are indeed pleased to have the leader Imagesof Alabama’s two-year college system to address this year’s graduating class,” said LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel.
“With more than 30 years in higher education, he certainly understands and appreciates the accomplishments of our students. We look forward to his remarks.”
Heinrich was unanimously chosen as chancellor by the nine-member State Board of Education last September.
“I love the Alabama Community College System and I believe in the work that we do,” said Heinrich, who most recently served as president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa.
He holds a doctorate in counseling from the University of Alabama and earned B.S. and M.A. degrees in psychology from Tennessee Tech University.
He career includes numerous faculty and administrative positions with two-year colleges, including serving as an instructor, department chair, division dean, dean of instruction, academic vice president, associate provost, provost, and president. He also worked as a private practitioner in psychology and serves on numerous community and academic boards.
Heinrich places a high value on participatory governance and team-based leadership, a foundational philosophy he sees as essential in his role as an effective and successful leader of the Alabama Community College System.
He has worked with many of the state’s workforce partners and says that the Alabama Community College System holds the key to the state’s workforce needs.
“I believe strong college-community relationships are paramount to the health of the system’s institutions and critical to the economies of their local communities,” he said. “I am committed to developing strategies that will unite the system in a common goal to improve the state’s economy by providing a well-educated and highly-skilled workforce.”
LBWCC’s graduation includes students from all locations and is set for 7 p.m., May 10, 2013, at the Kiwanis Community Center in Andalusia. For more information, call 334-222-6591.