Changes at Southeast Community College
Jun 14, 2019
Paul Illich, Ellen Weissinger
Changes at Southeast Community College

Paul Illich, President Southeast Community College

Dr. Paul Illich was named president of Southeast Community College on July 1, 2014, after serving McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, for 17 years.

Illich has led Southeast Community College (SCC) to a number of significant accomplishments, including the development of the College’s 2015-19 Strategic Plan, which has provided clear direction in relation to program development, enrollment, student success, financial management, facilities planning, and program and partnership development. The College also completed its first comprehensive Facilities Master Plan in 2016, of which $70 million of Phase I projects is currently in progress to ensure it expands its capacity to provide a qualified skilled workforce and affordable access to higher education. He has provided direction for other significant accomplishments at SCC, including:

  • The opening of six learning centers throughout the 15-county service area.
  • The College’s three-year transition from a quarter academic calendar to a semester academic calendar.
  • The College’s recent accreditation review to ensure SCC is in good standing with its accreditation body.

Illich has served as president of the Joint Board of The Career Academy, a collaborative partnership with Lincoln Public Schools, and has served on the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development Committee, the Greater Lincoln Workforce Economic Development Board, and the National Center for Excellence in Electronics Board.

Illich has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station.


Ellen Weisinger, Board of Governors Southeast Community College

College(s) and Degrees from Each: Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1985; M.A., University of Iowa, 1982; B.S.Ed., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1980.
High School: Omaha North, Omaha, NE.
Professional Development, Conferences/Workshops Related to Community Colleges or Higher Education: Attended Association of Community College Trustees Legislative Seminar February 2011
Current Employer:Retired
Past Employment Summary: Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1986-2017; Dean of Graduate Studies, UNL, 2002-2009; Senior Vice Chancellor, UNL, 2009-2015.
HONORS/AWARDS: Lincoln Journal Star “Inspiring Woman,” 2017; Distinguished Alumni Award, Omaha North High School, 2017; Honorary Letterwinner Award, UNL Athletics, 2015; Alumni Fellow Award, University of Iowa, 2003; UNL College Teaching Award, 2002.
Community Health Endowment, Board of Trustees, 2017-2018; UNL Federal Credit Union, Board of Directors, 2015-2018; Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Stakeholder Taskforce, 2017.