BHC names Truitt vice president for instructional services

The Black Hawk College Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Bettie Truitt as the college’s vice president for instructional services.

Dr. Truitt has served as interim vice president for instruction since July. Prior to that appointment, she was dean of instruction and academic support for five years. Before becoming a dean, she taught mathematics at the college for 18 years.

“I am very excited about the new position at BHC and am looking forward to the challenge,” Truitt said. “We have a great institution, and I am proud to be a part of a wonderful learning community in the Quad Cities.”

Dr. Truitt earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Ambrose University, a master’s degree in school mathematics from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics education with concentration areas in statistics, higher education, and policy and planning from the University of Iowa.

The college conducted a national search for the vice president for instructional services. The position attracted 37 applicants.

“We had many very qualified candidates from the national search and are pleased that such a qualified candidate came from our college community,” said Dr. Thomas Baynum, president of Black Hawk College. “Dr. Truitt is very talented and I believe will do great things for our students.”

The vice president for instructional services serves as the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of the college district and is responsible for development, implementation and recommendation of policies and procedures relating to the instructional program of the district; direction of current and long-range planning for the instructional division; maintenance of academic organization; and the effective management of instructional resources and technologies.