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Ferris Grad Daniels Named President of Joliet Junior College

Debra DanielsDebra Daniels, a Ferris State University alumna, was announced as the next president of Joliet Junior College by the institution’s board of trustees at a Dec. 13 meeting.

Daniels, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Education from Ferris, will be the eighth president in JJC history when her contract begins on March 1, 2012. She was the selection of a 14-member search committee comprised of faculty, administrators, staff and chaired by Barbara DeLaney, JJC board chair, and Andy Mihelich, a JJC trustee and board secretary.

Daniels earned an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting from Delta College (Mich.); a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Education from Ferris; a Master of Vocational and Technical Education and a doctorate in Education, both from the University of Illinois.

Daniels, who currently serves as president of San Bernadino Valley College in California, has more than 30 years of higher education experience. She also has served as a district vice president for academics and student services at Polk State College in Florida.

Joliet Junior College began its search shortly after former president Gena Proulx lost her three-year battle with fallopian tube cancer in August.