Kiblinger to be Honored as Distinguished Alum

Kiblinger to be Honored as Distinguished Alum

ICC proudly recognizes Shellaine Kiblinger, Ed.D., as the 2023 Distinguished Alum. Kiblinger will be recognized during the 2023 Spring Graduation Ceremony on May 6 at Memorial Hall. The ceremony starts at 10:00 am, and admission is free.

Kiblinger graduated from ICC in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University. She then completed a Doctor of Education, Educational Administration and Leadership from Kansas State University and received her Teaching Endorsement in English to Speakers of Other Languages from Newman University.

“Independence Community College is honored to present Regent Kiblinger with the Distinguished Alumni award,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Taylor Crawshaw. “Her dedication to students, their education, and the state of Kansas is immeasurable.”

Kiblinger started her career in education in 1989, when she served as the Language Arts, Drama, and Speech Teacher for Fredonia Middle School and High School. In 1999, she moved to the Garden City High School, where she served as Associate Principal and moved up to Assistant Superintendent of Personnel for Garden City Public Schools before leaving in 2011. For the next six years, she served as the Superintendent of Hutchinson Public Schools before she moved back to southeast Kansas to serve as the Superintendent of Cherryvale Public Schools from 2017 to 2021. She is now an Educational Consultant for Strategic Envision LLC, working primarily with DCS Services of Wichita.

She currently serves as a Kansas Board of Regents Member, Greenbush Leadership Academy Advisory Board, and a Kansas Educational School Accreditation Team member.

“I have such appreciation for the solid education and experiences I gained at Independence Community College all those years ago,” explained Kiblinger. “Over the years, I’ve encouraged many other young people to pursue higher education and to seriously consider starting that journey at a community college. Serving on the Board of Regents, and establishing policies and programs that provide a smooth and successful transition from community college to a university or career has been one of my top priorities. I am humbled and honored by this recognition from my alma mater.”

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