NCC Selects Next President

In a unanimous decision the Northwest Iowa Community College Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Dr. John Hartog III of Boyden, Iowa as the 10th president of NCC. The decision was announced during the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday, February 22.

Dr. Hartog is the current NCC Vice President for Student & Academic Services, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to that, he had served as President of Faith Baptist College and Seminary, Ankeny, Iowa. Over the course of his 18 years at Faith Baptist, he held a variety of other administrative roles including that of a Program Director, the Dean of the Seminary, the Academic Vice President, and the Provost.

Adam Besaw, President of the NCC Board, stated, “Dr. Hartog’s education, experience, and passion for the College’s mission made him a natural choice. We were lucky to have a candidate of Dr. Hartog’s caliber ready for the next step in his career. As a Board we are excited and confident that he will provide the right energy, expertise, and collaborative leadership for NCC.” Besaw continued, “With 10 years of experience at NCC as Vice President of Student & Academic Services and over 28 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Hartog exemplifies a deep understanding of issues facing students and higher education and a vision for the future. Northwest Iowa Community College will continue to grow and be a great resource to our communities under Dr. Hartog’s leadership.”

Dr. Hartog holds an MA from the University of Minnesota in Classical and Near Eastern Studies and a PhD from Central Seminary in Systematic Theology. He has completed the coursework for a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University. He has several other degrees and a number of recognitions.

Hartog succeeds Dr. Alethea Stubbe who is retiring June 30, 2021. Stubbe has been president of NCC since May 2011 and retires with 32 years in higher education, of which 30 of those years were at NCC.