ICC continues to assemble its administrative team with great care as the college enters a new era of growth and development. ICC welcomes Dr. Mark Allen as the vice president for academic affairs.
With the diverse background of being an administrator, college instructor, curriculum chair, faculty sponsor, grant writer and facilities manager, Allen has a robust resume exhibiting his qualifications for the role.
“Dr. Allen has incredible experience and a resolve to face challenges head on,” says ICC Interim President George Knox. “I am confident in his abilities and expect academics at ICC to experience the necessary growth and innovation under his direction.”
Most recently, Allen was the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology where he supervised over 40 faculty members with a diverse student population of approximately 800 students. Additionally, his experience with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has particularly been a notable aspect of his career with the implementation of HLC guidelines regarding faculty qualifications, the preparation of materials for HLC and oversight of HLC policy and procedure compliance. This experience will serve ICC well with the anticipated reinstatement of accreditation from the HLC this year.
Further in his role, Allen facilitated great growth and development within the institution and its programs, overseeing vital initiatives concerning student enrollment and retention as well as expanding programs to broaden student access to learning opportunities such as on-line programs and evening classes.
He has held faculty and administrative positions at Coffeyville Community College, Rogers State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Michigan State University throughout his reputable career. In each of these institutions, Allen has exhibited great leadership in the everchanging dynamics of higher education.
“My interest in education began growing up in a large, rural family near Independence,” says Allen. “A long-instilled emphasis on education has motivated me to apply important concepts of leadership, communication and teamwork to the challenges facing higher education in the coming years.”
Allen excels in the areas of administrative leadership, innovation and the advancement and implementation of communication and technology within the classroom experience.
ICC continues to strategically position capable leadership to implement and begin the execution of the new, five-year strategic plan.
“We have high hopes for the future of ICC,” says Knox. “I anticipate great growth and development in the coming years under the direction of the current administrative team.”