Cabinet of the President

Vice President for Academic Services

In this role, Ikemefuna Nwosu will administer and supervise all academic operations of the college, including strategic planning, development, administration, supervision and evaluation for academic programs and personnel.

Nwosu began his career at Lake Land College in 2006 as a biological sciences instructor, transitioning to Math and Science Division Chair in 2015. He also currently serves as a member of the Academic Services Leadership Team (ASLT). Nwosu earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Zambia and attended Lake Land College to complete general coursework. He earned a master’s degree in biological sciences from Eastern Illinois University and is currently completing a doctorate of education in community college leadership at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Vice President for Student Services

Valerie Lynch leads a comprehensive student services program including admissions and records, financial aid and veteran services, counseling services, student conduct and judicial affairs, career services, health services, international student services, student life, intercollegiate athletics, intramural, TRiO programs, tutoring and testing, and marketing and public relations.

Lynch served as the director of student life at Lake Land College before assuming the interim vice president for student services role in October 2020.

Lynch has an associate degree from Lake Land College, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education from Indiana State University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education leadership from Maryville University.

Chief of Staff

Jean Anne Highland provides leadership in legislative relations, data analytics, strategic planning, institutional research, grants, campus police and manages special projects. She acts as a liaison between the office of the president and the board of trustees and the public, students, staff, state agencies and elected officials.

Prior to joining Lake Land College in 2014, Highland served as the executive director of East Central Illinois Development Corporation (ECIDC), an 11-county, regional economic development group. Prior to consulting for ECIDC, Highland owned and operated Friends Home Care, a business she created and grew to employ 25 people.

Highland has a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Indiana State University.