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Zerrie D. Campbell Appointed Interim President at STLCC-Forest Park

April 30, 2009

Zerrie D. Campbell  
Zerrie D. Campbell

Zerrie D. Campbell, president emeritus of the City Colleges of Chicago’s Malcolm X College, has been named interim president at St. Louis Community College’s Forest Park campus. Campbell begins work
July 1.

Campbell will oversee and evaluate operations and serve as an adviser to Chancellor Zelema Harris in the process of selecting a permanent replacement for Morris F. Johnson III, who is leaving June 30 to pursue other opportunities.

"Zerrie Campbell is a nationally recognized administrator and leader," Harris said. "As president of a college that offers a broad range of allied health programs, coupled with her experience as an administrator in a large multi-campus system, we believe Zerrie is a good match for us as we enhance Forest Park’s position as a vital educational and community resource."

Campbell’s retirement in 2008 capped a 34-year career dedicated to the improvement and provision of postsecondary education through the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) System, which has seven campuses that serve more than 60,000 students. Campbell’s experience includes districtwide and college-specific service in management, instruction and administration. Campbell served as CCC’s associate vice chancellor of arts and science, vice president for academic affairs, and, in 1992, was part of a three-person team named to manage the seven-college district prior to the appointment of Ronald Temple as chancellor. She served as president of Malcolm X College for 16 years.

"For many years, I have admired from afar, the St. Louis Community College system in general and the Forest Park campus in particular," Campbell said. "I am excited at the prospect of yet another opportunity to serve students, collaborate with faculty and staff, and foster relationships among constituents in community college education."

Campbell guided Malcolm X College’s transformation into a top awarder of associate degrees, and led it to national recognition as a "Model of Exemplary Practices of Engagement" by Campus Compact Organization, a Carnegie Foundation project. Under her leadership, Malcolm X College received nearly $12 million in federal grants and also received three coveted awards for excellence from the Illinois Community College Board for teaching and learning, institutional effectiveness and strategic planning, and workforce preparation.

Campbell has served on the boards of the American Association of Community Colleges; the American Council on Education’s Commission on Education, Credit and Credentials; the U.S. Economic Development Fund; and Habilitative Services Inc. As a faculty member of the Kaleidoscope Professional Development Institute, Campbell mentors other women to assume leadership positions in higher education.

Many civic and professional organizations have recognized Campbell’s commitment to education and community. Most recently, Campbell received a 2008 Marks of Excellence Award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, the Metropolitan Chicago Synod’s 2008 Spirit of Miriam Award, the Life Center Church of God’s 2008 African American Shero Award, the 2008 Black History Legends Award from Alter Evangelical Baptist Church, the 2008 Educator of the Year Award from the Central Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Congressman Danny K. Davis Education Task Force Black History Legends Award, Past and Present 2008. She also has received the President of the Year Award from the American Association of Women in Community Colleges. In 2003, Campbell was inducted into HistoryMakers.

Campbell holds a master’s degree in English from Chicago State University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in secondary professional education and English, respectively, from Northern Illinois University.