OTTUMWA — The Indian Hills Community College Board of Trustees this week tabbed Dr. Marlene Sprouse to be the next president of the college. She will take over when current president Dr. Jim Lindenmayer retires in the fall.
Board president John Pothoven said it was a unanimous decision to offer Sprouse the job to become the fourth president at IHCC.
“I truly feel proud to serve this institution and all of the communities in the ten-county area,” Sprouse said. “Indian Hills is a great place to be, and to have the board put their confidence and trust in me to lead the college is humbling and exciting.”
The next IHCC president is an Indian Hills grad, having obtained her Associate of Arts degree after graduating from high school in her hometown of Seymour. She came to the Ottumwa campus in 2002 and is currently the executive vice president of Academic Affairs.
Sprouse began a lengthy career in education as a teacher in Russell and Seymour before spending 15 years in Albia, where she taught high school English and speech and coached drama, was the curriculum director and, later, the high school principal.
Her Indian Hills employment began in 2000 when Sprouse became the Dean of the college’s Centerville campus, a position she held for two years.
“I am an educator at heart and successful learning, growing and skill-building for students and citizens is really important to me,” Sprouse said. “I look forward to connecting with many people across the area.”
Lindenmayer has said he will leave Indian Hills sometime later this year, after replacements for a number of key IHCC administrators are chosen and mentored.
The only other presidents Indian Hills has had in over 40 years, in addition to Lindenmayer, are Dr. Mel Everingham and Dr. Lyle Hellyer.