Administrative Assistant to the President / Scholarship Coordinator
Illinois Community College Board
Illinois Council of Community College Presidents
Illinois Community College Faculty Association
Illinois Council of Community College Administrators
Illinois Community College Trustees Association
Illinois Board of Higher Education
ICCSF Welcomes New President
5/20/2014 - Following the retirement of Dr. Ray Hancock, the Illinois Community College System Foundation (ICCSF) is pleased to welcome its new President, Mr. Greg Legan.
A native of Gilman, Illinois, Greg Legan has over 35 years fundraising experience. He began his career as a program officer with the Chicago Council on Fine Arts and later joined the Tippecanoe Arts Federation in Lafayette, Indiana, as Executive Director.
Mr. Legan has served as the lead fundraiser for the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University; the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Southern Illinois University; the Executive Director of the John A. Logan College Foundation; the Executive Director of the Illinois Conservation Foundation; and most recently the Shawnee College Foundation from which he retired.
Mr. Legan holds a B.A. from Columbia College in Chicago and a M.S. from Indiana Wesleyan University.
An active community volunteer, Mr. Legan has been involved in numerous civic activities and service clubs. He and his wife Peggy have three adult children and reside in rural Carbondale.
Mr. Legan will officially begin his new role at the conclusion of the May 21, 2014 ICCSF Board of Directors meeting.
Dr. Ray Hancock Retires as ICCSF President
5/15/2014 - Dr. Ray Hancock has announced that he will retire from his role as President/CEO of the Illinois Community College System Foundation. Hancock has served as the administrative head of the Foundation since 2004. In his 10 years as President, he has directed and expanded the mission of the Foundation, he has led a successful effort to expand the Harry L. Crisp II Illinois Community College Center at 401 East Capitol Avenue in Springfield.
A 20,000 square feet addition of two floors to the building from 2008-2010 has provided space for the Illinois Community College Board to house its entire staff under one roof in downtown Springfield overlooking the Illinois State Capitol just two blocks away. Significantly, the building construction has provided 10,000 square feet of available space for new lease opportunities and needed income to support the mission of the Foundation.
In a brief statement last week Hancock indicated that the building project is of major importance to the Foundation and to the Illinois community college system. Fully leased shortly after it was completed and opened in 2010, the building now houses Federal Appellate Judge Tom Appleton and his staff and two functions of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Illinois in addition to Illinois Community College functions.
Hancock has expanded the mission of the Foundation with over $800,000 in additional scholarship funds, the creation of the Illinois Community College Procurement Consortium, and the enhancement of the Foundation’s image around the State.
The procurement consortium is directed and operated with the close cooperation and assistance of a group of Illinois community college purchasing professionals led by Mr. Michael Thomas of Southwestern Illinois College in the metro-east area. Through private and trust contributions the Foundation has created several new endowments and scholarships, and it has activated and enhanced a number of existing endowments. The Illinois community college system and many citizens of Illinois have become aware of the existence and the importance of the work of the Illinois Community College System Foundation.
Hancock served as a Fellow in the Center for Policy Development at the Illinois Community College Board from 2002-2004 after assisting in the creation of that Center in 1999. In that capacity he developed an international initiative for Illinois community Colleges that led to the establishment of an International Program for the Illinois Community College Board. Many Illinois community colleges now operate international programs in other countries and attract international students to their campuses as a result of that program.
Prior to his tenure at the Illinois Community College System Foundation, Hancock was a high school English and social studies teacher and part time city of Marion Recreation Director for 12 years prior to serving John A. Logan College as an administrator and instructor for 26 years, serving as President of John A. Logan College in Carterville for 11 years from 1989-2000. Ray and his wife, Elizabeth Ruth, live in Marion, Illinois.
Hancock was an original appointment by Governor Quinn to the Illinois P-20 Council in 2009 and served as Chairman of the Vision and Mission Committee and the Finance and Governance Committee. Hancock is a life member of the Illinois and National Education Associations, the National Rifle Association, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. He is a veteran of the U. S. Navy, serving aboard a destroyer in the South Pacific.
Hancock received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Southern Illinois University in 2004. He has a bachelor of science, a master of science, and a doctor of philosophy degree from SIU-C. He has published in the English Journal and in numerous magazines and newspapers. He has traveled to England, Thailand, Holland, and China as an education consultant and in several other countries in difference capacities.
Hancock is a Rotarian, Chairman of the Heartland Regional Medical Center Advisory Board, past District Chairman of Egyptian Council Boy Scouts of America (St. Louis Council), and a member of the Voices for Children Board of Directors.
Dr. Hancock has accepted a position on the Foundation’s Board of Directors and will continue to support the mission and activities of the Illinois Community College System. He believes that public education is still the best opportunity available for the United States and the global community to exist with both quality and harmony in a constantly changing, complex world.
Ray and his wife Elizabeth Ruth (Sneddon) Hancock have two sons and four grandchildren. Dr. Barry Ray Hancock is Associate Dean for Community Education at John A. Logan College (Andrew Ray and Aaron Joseph Livingstone), and Captain Daryl Robert Hancock, U. S. Navy, is Director of Intelligence for United States Transportation Command (Ethan Robert and Elizabeth Rose). He will soon join NATO in London as Director of Naval Intelligence. Hancock plans to write, travel and relax with Elizabeth Ruth, hunt, play golf, teach graduate students, and consult in public education.
Dr. Hancock will officially retire at the Illinois Community College System Board of Directors meeting on May 21, 2014.
ICCSF Welcomes New Board Chair
08/19/15 - John Gotez, C.E. of R.D. Lawrence Construction Company and long-time member of the ICCSF Board of Directors has accepted the role of Chairman of the Board.
Congratulations to the 2013 ICCCA Leadership Scholarship Recipients
11/14/2013 - The recipients of the 2013 Illinois Community College System Leadership Scholarship received their awards and recognition at the Illinois Council of Community College Administrators' Fall Conference today at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in downtown Springfield. The two recipients are Walter Fronczek, Dean of Liberal Arts at Moraine Valley Community College, and Marcy Thompson, Assistant Vice President of Teaching, Learning, & Student Development at Elgin Community College. Also present at the conference were the 2012 recipients: Kris Condon from Kankakee Community College and Dr. Ryen Nagle from Moraine Valley Community College. The Illinois Community College System Leadership Scholarship is administered by the Illinois Council of Community College Administrators and is sponsored by ICCCA, the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents, and the Illinois Community College System Foundation.
ICCSF Board of Directors
Mr. John Goetz, C.E., Sec./Treas.
R.D. Lawrence Construction
Mr. Thomas G. Pulver, Vice Chair
Waubonsee Community College
Dr. Ray Hancock, Director
ICCSF, President Emeritus
Mr. Jim Berkel, Director
Retired, Caterpillar Corporation
Mr. Michael L. Moorberg, Director
State Farm Insurance Company
Dr. David Louis, Director
Retired Community College President
Dr. Gayle Saunders, Director
Richland Community College, President
Mr. Dave Bourland, Director
Abraham Lincoln Museum, Director of Exhibits
Mr. Ron Allen, Director
Retired Marketing Director
Mr. Richard L. Wilson, Chair
Retired Executive, AT&T