McHenry County College welcomes Clinton Gabbard, Ph.D. as the College’s 8th president. He started his new role on January 11, filling the vacancy left by Vicky Smith, Ed.D., who retired on Dec. 31 after serving as president since 2010.
Gabbard comes to MCC from Lake Michigan College, where he served as vice president of Student Services since 2011. His previous academic roles include vice president of Student Services for Walla Walla Community College, director of Counseling and Psych Services at Purdue University and psychologist and adjunct assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame.
“I am thrilled to be at McHenry County College,” Gabbard said. “I look forward to working side-by-side with every person in the college and in the community who have dedicated themselves to teaching, to learning, and to student success.”
Gabbard co-founded TrestleTree Inc., a private sector behavioral health service for employers and served as director of the Family Life Center. He earned his doctorate in counseling psychology and a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science degree from Evangel College.
He has served his community in several capacities; as an executive officer of the local United Way, as the director of Walla Walla Blue Mountain Action Council Board (the leading non-profit organization that addresses hunger and homelessness), and as an education leader in the Michigan’s Great Southwest community strategic planning initiative.
“I am committed to continuing the successful community partnerships that MCC has created and I look forward to furthering the mission of this fine institution,” Gabbard said.
He and his wife, Ronda, are in the process of relocating from their home in Michigan to McHenry County.