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June 30, 2020

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. June 30, 2020 – Johnson County Community College’s sixth president, Dr. Andrew (Andy) Bowne is starting his new leadership post tomorrow by launching a 90-day plan. According to Bowne (rhymes with town), “Our first months and year together will set the stage for how we serve students and the community, and how we care for each other at JCCC. We exist for our students and to be the community’s college and so our work must focus on student success. I believe our focus must be on equitable student access, success and post-completion success.”

President Bowne’s plan centers on him spending considerable time during the first 90 days listening to Trustees, Foundation Board members, faculty, staff and student leaders as partners in the work of serving students. “In these sessions, I will be listening for areas of frequent concern, as well as areas regularly mentioned as being successful. It is also important to listen externally, and I anticipate spending considerable time meeting with community members. Getting to know key partners, their past work with JCCC and the opportunities ahead of us will be important to serving students,” adds Bowne.

President Bowne believes the impact of the 90-day plan will be far-reaching. “By communicating directly with these different groups that are critical to JCCC, we will be laying the foundation for a collaborative strategic planning process,” says Bowne. In fact, during his interview to be president, he shared the goal of having at least 50% of faculty and staff engaged in the strategic planning process along with external participants later this year. “It is my belief that our best planning work happens when we invite internal employees and external partners into charting our shared future,” observes Bowne.

The plan was sent to all JCCC employees, students, and JCCC Foundation members today.