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Dr. Duree honored at DM Capitol

Dr. Duree, Dr. Allen and Iowa Senators

Standing outside the Iowa Senate Chambers are, front row: Dr. Linda Allen and Sen. Annette Sweeney and back row: Sen. Tim Kapucian, Dr. Chris Duree, Sen. William Dotzler Jr., Sen. Jeff Edler, and Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink.  

Iowa Valley Community College District Chancellor Dr. Chris Duree and Hawkeye Community College President Dr. Linda Allen were honored this morning by the Iowa Senate for their dedicated service to the state and Iowa’s community colleges. Both administrators will retire at the end of June after a combined 52 years in higher education leadership.

A Resolution honoring and congratulating the two administrators was read by Senators Annette Sweeney, William Dotzler Jr., Jeff Edler, Eric Giddens, Tim Kapucian and Craig Johnson. The resolution read:

“WHEREAS, Dr. Duree and Dr. Allen are to be recognized for their combined service of 52 years to education in the State of Iowa; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Duree and Dr. Allen have demonstrated exemplary service and performance advocating for accessible and affordable education to a diverse range of students; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Duree and Dr. Allen have served in many capacities as leaders of their colleges committed to developing innovative credit and non-credit programs serving more than 37,000  people each year; and

WHEREAS, under the leadership of Dr. Duree and Dr. Allen, Iowa Valley Community College District and Hawkeye Community College have established strong working relationships with business, industry, and education partners; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Duree and Dr. Allen have demonstrated an ability to be responsive to the specific workforce needs of Iowa’s business and employers to compete in global markets; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Duree and Dr. Allen are recognized as leaders among their peers in providing innovative skills training for high-demand, high-paying, high-skilled occupations and career enhancement opportunities for all workers in Iowa; and

WHEREAS; Dr. Duree and Dr. Allen have been champions for increased access and investment in adult education to close the skills gap that exists in our communities; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Duree and Dr. Allen have been recognized statewide and nationally for their support of initiatives that promote student success and retention related to higher education; and

WHEREAS; Dr. Duree and Dr. Allen have exemplified the true mission of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees and Presidents, and have both been honored with the IACCT Outstanding Chief Administrator Award; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE IOWA SENATE that THE IOWA SENATE congratulates Dr. Christopher Duree and Dr. Linda Allen upon their retirement at Iowa Valley Community College District and Hawkeye Community College and extends its sincere gratitude to them for their dedication and commitment to providing all students with a quality education at Iowa’s Community Colleges.”

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