GALESBURG—Dr. Terry O’Banion, president emeritus and senior league fellow for the League for Innovation in the Community College, will lead a workshop on student success for all Carl Sandburg College staff, faculty and administrators from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Student Center on the Main Campus in Galesburg, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
One of the leading higher education presenters in the country, O’Banion has consulted more than 800 community colleges in the United States and Canada and is currently a major presenter on student success pathways and the completion agenda.
“We are beyond excited to have Dr. O’Banion on our campus to work with our faculty and staff,” Sandburg President Dr. Lori Sundberg said. “There is no one who knows more about student success than Dr. O’Banion. In terms of the many important people who have the visited the College over the years, including a sitting president, Dr. O’Banion ranks as one of those most important. We are extremely lucky to have him with us.”
O’Banion served as president for the League for Innovation for 23 years before retiring in 1999. During his tenure, the League for Innovation served more than 700 colleges and was recognized by Change magazine as “the most dynamic organization in the community college world.” A survey by Change magazine also named O’Banion one of 11 “Idea Champions” in higher education, and he was the only community college leader on the list.
Since his retirement, O’Banion has done special projects for the League for Innovation, MetLife Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Chauncey Group International and Walden University, where he is a senior advisor for programs in higher education. Four national awards have been established in his name, and one of them — the Terry O’Banion Student Technology Award created by Microsoft — was awarded in March to 2012 Sandburg graduate Justin Cree of Knoxville.