NCC Recognizes Board of Trustees Members

Northwest Iowa Community College is joining with other communities throughout Iowa this spring to honor its elected school board members during Iowa School Board Recognition Month during May. This year’s theme, “Public School Proud,” pays tribute to the incredible work of these unpaid volunteers and the significant impact they have on Iowa public education. We recognize that school board members are providing leadership, through responsibilities ranging from strong financial stewardship to ensuring high-quality curriculum, to make sure all students are prepared for a bright future when they graduate.

Serving on the NCC Board of Trustees are:

District 1: Cynthia Porter – Hawarden, IA

District 2: Stephen Simons – Larchwood, IA

District 3: Dr. Loretta Berkland – Sibley, IA

District 4: Steve Loshman – Calumet, IA

District 5: Adam Besaw – Sheldon, IA, Vice President

District 6: Leroy Van Kekerix – Orange City, IA

District 7: Larry Hoekstra – Hull, IA, President

“These men and women volunteer countless hours of unpaid time to provide the best possible education for our students, and we want to recognize that in this community,” said Dr. Alethea Stubbe, President, Northwest Iowa Community College. “As your elected leaders, they represent you in their continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making for your community college. Too often the efforts of board members go unrecognized and unrewarded, so let us take this opportunity to thank them for their service.”

Stubbe continued, “Even though we are making a special effort in May to show appreciation for our College Board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-long effort on their part. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to improving student success, always taking the long-term view of the college’s future and how best to sustain the ability to fulfill NCC’s mission.”

As a whole, Iowa’s 15 two-year community colleges are governed by five to nine board members elected by local residents throughout the state.


  • 11,500+ College Alumni since 1966, of which 8,000+ live in Iowa and 4,000+ live in Northwest Iowa
  • Highest Graduation Rate Among Iowa’s Community Colleges
  • 96% Placement Rate for College Alumni
  • 50+ Programs of study including career & transfer and applied technology
  • NCC offered 489 scholarships totaling $383,967 to our students last year
  • Many seamless transfer agreements with Colleges and Universities
  • Have served 800,000+ students taught through the Continuing Education and Workforce & Economic Development Departments
  • Spending by NCC and its students adds an estimated 24.2 million in economic output to the region, 372 jobs and increased tax revenues of 1.4 million.

To find out more call 800-352-4907, email, or visit our website at At NCC – Your Success is Our Story!

Photo: (L-R): Front: Steve Loshman, Loretta Berkland, VMD, Cynthia Porter, Larry Hoekstra

Back: Stephen Simons, Leroy Van Kekerix, Adam Besaw