L&C’s Scheffel Retiring After 28 Years of Service

Article by: Laura Inlow, L&C Media Services,

GODFREY – Lewis and Clark Community College’s Vice President of Enrollment Kent Scheffel is retiring this month after 28 years of service to the college. His last day is April 30.

“On behalf of the college and the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank Kent for his many years of service to the college and the community,” said L&C Board of Trustees Chair David Heyen. “We wish him all the best in this next chapter of his life.”

Scheffel joined L&C in 1992 as Coordinator of the Radio Broadcasting program after working in radio station management and advertising.

Later, he served the college as Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Director of Media Services, Associate Vice President for Community Education and Media Services, Associate Vice President for Community Services, and finally, Vice President of Enrollment Services.

As Vice President of Enrollment Services, Scheffel oversaw the college’s enrollment-related functions, N.O. Nelson Campus and Community Education Centers, the High School Partnership Program (offering dual credit through district high schools), and Career and Veteran Services.

“Over the past several years, Kent has been a mentor to several staff members across campus and those of us who were lucky to have him as our supervisor are truly grateful for his service,” said Director of Enrollment Services Delfina Dornes.

Scheffel has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Over the course of his tenure, L&C experienced 18 consecutive years of enrollment growth and established and grew the largest and first National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)-accredited dual credit program in the State of Illinois.

“Kent’s nearly three-decade career with Lewis and Clark is worthy of notice and celebration,” said L&C Interim President Lori Artis. “It is unfortunate we find ourselves in a virtual environment unable to gather together to applaud his dedication to Lewis and Clark for so many years. On behalf of the college, I thank him for his leadership and his commitment to the college’s mission of empowering people. We wish him nothing but the best in his retirement.”

Scheffel also serves as president of the Southwestern School Foundation and is on the Riverbend CEO Program Board of Directors. He is a past treasurer and president of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, the national accrediting body for dual credit programs, and served on the board of directors for 10 years. He is a past president of the Southwestern School District Board of Education, former chair of the RiverBend Growth Association and the Southwest Illinois Division of the United Way, former treasurer of the Illinois Community College Chief Student Service Officers, and former village trustee in Brighton, Illinois.

Scheffel’s work with dual credit has been cited in two books and numerous publications, he has presented on the subject and served as a moderator at Congressional briefings in Washington, D.C., and has given presentations to state dual credit organizations throughout the country.