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Presidents, 1966-1977, Dr. Selby Ballantyne, 1977


Presidents, 1966-1977, Dr. Selby Ballantyne, 1977


Dr. Ballantyne, commonly referred to as Dr. B., had the appearance of a gruff person but he was admired by many. From his humble beginnings in Albia, Iowa and dropping out of school when he was 15 years old, he understood hard work and the importance of education.

Ballantyne's leadership for Kirkwood Community College is legendary. During his tenure, enrollment grew from 199 to 4,000 students. He kept a pulse on the wants and needs of students through frequent interaction and worked closely with area businesses to fulfill educational needs for jobs. This jovial man made it known that student success was paramount. By the mid-1970's the college had more vocational-technical programs than any college in Iowa. There were over 40,000 registered in non-credit community education courses. He also established the first high school correspondence program in the nation.

Dr. B's foresight and power of persuasion helped in the development of the Iowa community college system and led to the creation of the "facilities foundation" concept, allowing two-year colleges to acquire land for growth beyond the restrictions of early legislation. He was also a renowned national leader, chairing ACCTion, a national program for technical assistance to community colleges, and he was chosen to serve on the Commission on Governmental Affairs of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges.




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