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

Title

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

Description

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.

Creator

Unknown

Source

KIN/Library Services/Archives/Iowa Heritage Digital Collection

Publisher

Kirkwood Community College

Date

1977

Rights

This digital image may be used for educational purposes, as long as it is not altered in any way. No commercial reproduction or distribution of this file is permitted without written permission of the Kirkwood Community College Library.

Format

jpg

Type

Still Image

Original Format

Photograph, b&w

Physical Dimensions

8 x 10 in,

File Name

Dr._B_w_students.jpg

Repository

Kirkwood Community College Archives

Repository Collection

Archives Photo File
"Ballantyne, Selby"

Digital Reproduction Information

image/jpg
1.45 MB
Scanned at 600 dpi

Contact information.

Please contact the Kirkwood Community College Library:
(319)398-5553; library@kirkwood.edu

Digital item created

2018-05-23