Higher Education: Vatterott chooses new leader for Fairview Heights campus

Vatterott College-Fairview Heights has chosen Kim Gillespie as its new campus director.
Vatterott College-Fairview Heights has chosen Kim Gillespie as its new campus director. Provided photo

Vatterott College-Fairview Heights has chosen Kim Gillespie as its new campus director.

“I really enjoy working with schools that focus on career,” Gillespie said. “The biggest reward for me is the ability to help students who have tried college before but were unhappy or unsuccessful with the experience. Giving them a second chance at an education so they work towards a new career is the best feeling ever.”

An Illinois native, Gillespie previously was director of career services and assistant director of education at Sanford Brown College and the regional director of regulatory operations and compliance at the Career Education Corporation and Director of Education at Daymar College.

The campus director oversees many aspects of the college’s day-to-day operations including administration, hiring, and campus academic and educational services, according to Vatterott CEO Pam Bell.

“We’re pleased to have Kim join the Vatterott family,” Bell said. “Her wealth of experience in the career education industry will help to make a positive impact on the Fairview Heights campus. She’s dedicated to helping students and faculty and that’s what truly makes a great campus director.”

Gillespie holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from National Louis University in Chicago and a master’s degree in education and higher education administration from McKendree University in Lebanon.

Gillespie is excited to bring her skills to Vatterott-Fairview Heights and to excel in her new position.

“Being the campus director gives me an opportunity to put together everything I’ve learned over the years by allowing me to wear many different hats in my role,” she said. “It allows me to help both faculty and staff achieve their goals and maybe even accomplish more than they expected. I’m also glad to be back in my home state of Illinois.”

SWIC searches for tutors

You can become a Southwestern Illinois College Project Read volunteer tutor and make a real difference in the lives of adults.

About 32 million individuals over the age of 16 living in the United States lack basic literacy skills, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The Literacy Center notes these adults read at a fifth-grade level or less. That means they do not read well enough to perform basic functions like filling out job applications; may not read at a level that would allow them to shop without seeing what’s in a package; and may not be able to navigate through an unfamiliar city since they can’t read the signs.

Adult Education at SWIC is seeking tutors in the Granite City and East St. Louis regions. Volunteers commit to working with their adult student for two hours per week on reading, writing, English language acquisition or math.

Volunteers will receive training before being matched with and tutoring one or more adult learners. Once trained and matched, volunteers receive free books and materials to use for tutoring. Tutors meet students at a public location for scheduled tutoring sessions.

For more information, visit or contact Brenda Boggs by phone at 618-235-2700, ext. 5462, or email at

McKendree to give humanitarian awards at MLK service

A McKendree University student and a staff member will receive Humanitarian Awards at the annual Martin Luther King Service at 4 p.m. Jan. 21 in Bothwell Chapel. The public is welcome to attend.

Shaquille Armstrong, a sophomore sociology-criminal justice major from East St. Louis, and Roger “Mitch” Nasser, director of residence life at McKendree, will be recognized for their work to promote understanding and diversity on campus. Given annually, the award honors those in the campus community who demonstrate understanding, acceptance, humanitarian principles and ideals, and the philosophy of nonviolent social change advocated by Dr. King.

The event will feature music and a dramatic interpretation of excerpts from several of King’s speeches, by the Rev. Ranodore Foggs, director of public safety at McKendree and pastor of New Horizons Church in East St. Louis. A reception will follow. For more information, contact Chaplain Tim Harrison at 618-537-6962; or Brent Reeves, director of multicultural affairs, at 618-537-6938.