The fourth president of State Fair Community College officially retires Sunday. Dr. Marsha Drennon announced the decision early last year. She has served as president for the school for ten years.
According to a press release from State Fair Community College Drennon has led the college in the development of a comprehensive strategic plan and presided over its $8 million “Power to Transform” capital campaign, which enhanced the college’s allied health programs, provided more student scholarships and built the Heckart Science and Allied Health Center.
She also led the college in its implementation of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) as the college’s accreditation and continuous quality improvement process. In February 2012, the college underwent a successful comprehensive evaluation by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the NCA.
During Drennon’s presidency, the college has expanded programming and services throughout its 14-county service area, including online and at the Lake of the Ozarks and Clinton. She also has established relationships with private and public organizations, which have provided diversified funding resources and new opportunities for students.
Drennon has 37 years of experience in higher education administration. Before coming to SFCC she served as vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the San Juan College Foundation at San Juan College in Farmington, N.M., where she had worked since 1999.
She received a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership in 1999 and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership in 1996 from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Dr. Joanna Anderson will step into the position in place of Drennon. That decision was announced earlier this year.