Dr. Diane Chaddock has nearly 30 years of experience in Community College Education and Leadership. She served as a faculty member and Program Chair at Lake Michigan College and at Indiana Vocational Technical College where she also served as a Tech Prep Grant Coordinator for the Region. As the Tech Prep Grant Coordinator, Dr. Chaddock worked extensively with area high schools to create integrated curricula, centralize programs and coordinate services for high school students as they matriculated from high school into college. At Southwestern Michigan College Dr. Chaddock served 7 years as a faculty member and Chair of the Math/Science Department before becoming Dean of Arts and Sciences, Vice President of Instruction and, ultimately, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.As Chief Operating Officer, she was directly responsible for all of the internal operations of the College and provided leadership and coordination for all cross divisional activities. In this role she also served as the Chief Academic Officer. Under her leadership, Southwestern Michigan College made a dramatic shift in culture from that of an enrollment driven institution to a culture of continuous quality improvement anchored in the College goals of quality, student success, and service to the community. The creation of the Senior Leadership Council, which included representatives from all areas of the college, and served to identify problems and coordinate initiatives was a key component of this success. During her tenure in this role, Southwestern Michigan College experienced tremendous success in enrollment, student success, faculty and staff morale and made significant additions to and improvement in college facilities. This included the creation of “Centers of Excellence” for key occupational programs that garnered financial support from area hospitals and businesses. Among the evidence of the dramatic improvement in student success were the NCCBP rankings of the College in the top 10% of the nation in student course success and the top 1% of the nation in student transfer success. Key to these successes were a data driven culture of continuous quality improvement and the empowerment of faculty and staff to be active and creative partners with administration in the recreation of the institution.
Dr. Chaddock currently serves as a charter member of the Advisory Board for the Ferris State University Doctorate in Community College Education Program. She served on several teams responsible for the creation of the program curriculum and currently serves as a faculty member for the program. Dr. Chaddock has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University, a Masters in Science in Biology from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of the State of New York. Having spent the first 10 years of her career in the medical sciences, she has a strong interest in the analysis and application of data. As a community college graduate herself, Dr. Chaddock has a passionate commitment to the mission of community colleges. Her numerous publications and presentations are in the areas of outcomes assessment, creating partnerships with high schools as well as business and industry, curricular innovation, problem solving and institutional efficiency.