Dr. Liang Chee Wee, president of Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), is among the more than 60 people nominated this year as a "Person to Watch in 2014" by Des Moines Register readers.
The newspaper published the list of nominations on its Iowa News web page Jan. 3, along with each nominee's hometown and why the person was nominated. President Wee received the nomination for having "transformed the campus' culture."
During his tenure as NICC president, Wee has introduced many successful initiatives for the college community of faculty, staff members and students, including interest-based bargaining between college employees and the administration and was among the first to institute a tuition freeze for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The president's leadership has encouraged a culture of openness at NICC and a commitment among staff and faculty members to create new educational opportunities that transform the lives of students, their families and the communities in which they live.
NICC Board of Trustees President Dr. Ken Reimer believes that Wee and his influence extends from NICC to throughout Iowa.
"Statewide, Dr. Wee has become a leader among all presidents and in the community college system. People listen when he speaks about his passion for education and the importance of creating opportunities for students," Reimer said.
"He commands a lot of respect with so many people in education and in Northeast Iowa communities. Most importantly, Dr. Wee is passionate about educating the people of our district and fulfilling their needs."
Wee was named president of Northeast Iowa Community College in October 2011. He joined the College as the Calmar campus provost in August 2007 and served as interim president from July - October 2011.
Wee earned a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in management information systems, a Master's of Arts in business administration and a Ph.D. in business administration all from the University of Arizona, Tucson. He and his wife, Jane, reside in Decorah.