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STLCC Board Appoints Nunn to New Vice Chancellor, Workforce and Community Development Position

September 19, 2008

Roderick Nunn  
Roderick Nunn

The St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees appointed Roderick Nunn as vice chancellor for workforce and community development at its Sept. 18 meeting. Nunn, who currently is the director of education and workforce innovation for Governor Matt Blunt, will begin his position at STLCC on Oct. 16, reporting to Chancellor Zelema Harris.

"I am pleased that our search for a qualified leader led to Rod Nunn," said Harris. "He is an outstanding leader and the perfect candidate to take on the advancement of our workforce development initiatives. I look forward to working with him."

Nunn is the principal advisor to Gov. Blunt on the statewide Math, Engineering, Technology and Science (METS) initiative; serves as director of the Missouri P-20 Council (pre-school through graduate-level education); has extensive background in leading multi-million dollar education and training programs to meet business and industry needs for the states of Missouri and Illinois, and has earned national and state recognition for creating and implementing innovative workforce solutions.

"Rod is totally committed to the mission of our institution," said Robert Nelson, board chair. "He has an impressive track record of directing successful programs and raising public awareness, and is a natural choice to lead STLCC in new workforce initiatives."

As vice chancellor for workforce and community development, a new position created by Harris and the Board of Trustees, Nunn will provide the strategic direction for the development and management of work force and professional education and training programs, grants and contracts in response to the economic development needs of business, industry and community agencies.

Nunn also will direct and manage existing departments and services such as the customized training division, the Center for Business, Industry and Labor (CBIL); Community Services, which serves specialized populations such as laid-off workers; and Institutional Development, which coordinates grants and contracts, and serves as a liaison between the college and state and government officials.

“I am gratified to have been selected to take on this challenging new role,” said Nunn. “I have a deep sense of admiration and respect for STLCC’s current leadership and direction, and am pleased to have the opportunity to bring an entrepreneurial approach and a spirit of excellence to the college’s workforce development efforts.”

Prior to his current position, Nunn served as director of the Department of Economic Development’s Division of Workforce Development. He also served as executive deputy director and workforce policy advisor for the state of Illinois and assistant director, Office of Special Finance, for the School District of Pennsylvania.

Nunn, a native of East St. Louis, holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a bachelor’s degree in music from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He also completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2006.