Kishwaukee College welcomed Mark Lanting as the new vice president of Instruction on May 19.
Lanting comes to Kishwaukee College after serving as Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kankakee Community College. The Dolton native holds an Associate of Arts degree from South Suburban College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Governors State University. He also holds an Ed.D. with an emphasis in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University.
Lanting brings a variety of professional educational experience to his role as VPI. He taught high school English in the Philippines for three years before returning to the U.S to join the English faculty at Kankakee Community College. He began his administrative role as the Division Chairman of Humanities and Social Sciences prior to serving as the division’s Associate Dean.
Lanting also has an impressive history of travel, most often doing volunteer work through various church-related groups. He has volunteered in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ireland and Mexico and has visited other countries in South East Asia.
“I always had a burning desire to travel, to see the world, and by traveling and doing volunteer work, I was able to give back, too,” he said in a news release. “International travel is context building. I spent a summer in Dublin and had a moment there during rush hour where I looked over this sea of people walking shoulder-to-shoulder down the street and I realized I am a small part of this world. It was an important moment for me, to see myself as just a tiny piece in a larger world.”
As the new VPI at Kishwaukee College, Lanting will oversee the academic divisions. He will support and direct the academic deans and faculty in areas of course development, assessment of student learning, program reviews and more. His role is integral to the fundamental purpose of Kishwaukee College: the academic experience available to students.
“At the moment I have three things that I am focusing on: assessment of student learning, becoming an increasingly data driven institution, and improving developmental education,” he said in the release. “Kishwaukee College has good structure in place for all these areas. I want to build on what is here, make assessment and data collection more systemized, and use our Institutional Research resources to improve our course offerings and increase student success.”
Lanting knew about Kishwaukee College before coming to campus.
“The faculty and campus leadership have an excellent reputation in the state,” he said in the release. “Since coming to campus as VPI, I have found that to be true. Everyone here has been warm and thoughtful, and there is clearly a genuine value placed on people and building relationships. I am confident that moving to Kishwaukee College as the Vice President of Instruction was the right move at the right time for me.”