Presented by Dr. Bettie Truitt, President of Black Hawk College
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
Bettendorf Public Library
In February of 2015, a group of Illinois community college presidents sponsored by the IL Community College Board, visited Cuba. Dr. Truitt’s will share her experience of that visit as well as share a historical perspective of Cuba from the time of the Revolution until present day.
Dr. Bettie Truitt earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Ambrose University, a master’s degree in school mathematics from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in mathematics education with concentration areas in statistics, higher education, and policy and planning from the University of Iowa.
With over 25 years at Black Hawk College, Dr. Truitt has held numerous leadership roles on campus. She began her career as an instructor teaching mathematics for 18 years before becoming Dean of Instruction and Academic Support in 2007. In 2012, she became Vice President for Instruction and added Student Services to her responsibilities in 2013. In June 2014, she took on additional duties of Executive Vice President. Dr. Truitt served as the Interim President of the college from July 2014 to December 2014, until she was selected as the sixteenth (16th) President of Black Hawk College in January 2015.
Dr. Truitt’s connections to Black Hawk College run deep. Her Belgian parents immigrated to the area in the 1950s and her father enrolled at the college, then named Moline Community College, to take metallurgy classes. Her two older sisters have four associate degrees from Black Hawk between them, while her husband graduated from the college’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program in 2011 after he lost his job at Grain Processing Corporation in Muscatine, Iowa.
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