Mark Crimmins has received the John P. Kibbie Award from the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees.
The Kibbie Award is given annually by the IACCT, the state organization for Iowa's 15 community college boards. It's given to a trustee in the state for his or her outstanding service to the board and to his or her institution.
Crimmins has been on the Iowa Central Community College board of trustees since 1994 and has been its president since 2001. He also served on the IACCT board from 2002 to 2005. He received the award July 8 at IACCT banquet in Des Moines.
Crimmins said receiving the award was an honor, though it "felt strange."
"I just thought there was a lot more deserving trustees," he said. "Out of 140 trustees, some of them have served a lot longer than I have and done a lot more than I've done. But it was certainly an honor, and I'm humbled by the fact that the association would give it to me."
The recipient of the award is nominated by community college trustees statewide, according to M.J. Dolan, IACCT executive director.
Nominators consider "their role on the board, their role in the community, their role at the community college, their leadership, and so on," Dolan said. Nominees' contributions on state, national or local levels are considered. An IACCT selection committee narrows it down to three nominees, which the IACCT board votes on.
"Mark came out on top," Dolan said. "He has a longtime experience and he's offered a lot to the community college arena during his service."
Dan Kinney, Iowa Central president, said the recognition is "outstanding."
"Mark's a good board member and really has helped provide the institution leadership to move forward," he said.
According to Kinney, Crimmins was instrumental in the college's substantial increase in enrollment over the last 17 years.
"Since he's been on the board, look at the difference in what's happened at the college," he said. "The enrollment increase isn't because of one individual or one thing, it's a group and team effort. But Mark helped to provide leadership to help the college itself, to the board of trustees, to move things forward."
Kinney said Crimmins also provides him with invaluable advice and perspective.
"He's a sounding board for me when I start thinking about stuff. He's really helped to provide me information to really help to grow our college," he said.
Crimmins said he is proud of what has been accomplished at Iowa Central, but is modest about his role in its growth.
"I don't take credit for any of that. It's the staff and the faculty and the administration that makes all the changes out there," he said. "We come once a month and make some decisions, but the college has grown because of the people out there. Certainly not me."
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