Three Northeast Iowa Community College leaders have earned special awards for their leadership, innovations, excellence in teaching and impact on their organizations.
At the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) state conference, hosted by Southeastern Community College in West Burlington last week, NICC President Dr. Liang Chee Wee received the Chief Administrator Award; David Lawstuen, agriculture faculty, received the Faculty Member Award and Julie Anderson, assistant to the Calmar campus provost, received the Support Staff Award.
Liang Chee Wee
Wee joined NICC as the Calmar campus provost in August of 2007 and served as interim president from July of 2011 until October 2011 when he was named president of the college.
Prior to coming to NICC, Wee served Luther College for 15 years, teaching in the Department of Economics and Business and serving as chair of the department. Wee earned a bachelor of science and bachelor of arts in management information systems, a master of arts in business administration and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Lawstuen has served as the lead dairy science professor at NICC since 1995, and is chair of dairy operations for the Northeast Iowa Community-Based Dairy Foundation, a position he has held since the organization's founding in 2000.
He earned a master of science from the University of Minnesota-St. Paul in genetics and dairy cattle breeding, and he is a member of the American Dairy Science Association. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching honored Lawstuen with the Iowa Professor of the Year award in 2011.
Anderson has served as the administrative assistant to the Calmar campus provost since 2008 and, in her position, provides executive-level support to current provost Rhonda Seibert, organizes and coordinates campus events and assists with Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP) Quality Council and college accreditation processes.
Anderson was elected to the NICC College Senate in 2011 and currently serves as president of the organization. She is a NICC business specialist graduate and is currently working on a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Upper Iowa University.