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New president to take over at Johnson County Community College

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Posted at 10:20 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 23:20:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Johnson County Community College announced Wednesday that it will hire the former head of the Indiana community college system as its next president.

Andrew W. Bowne — who comes to Kansas after serving as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the 18-college, Indiana community college system — starts his new job on July 1, according to a news release from JCCC.

"The board was excited to hear Dr. Bowne express his commitment to the mission of a comprehensive community college," Board Chair Greg Musil said in a statement released by JCCC. "We respect his long experience in significant leadership positions, including Ivy Tech in Muncie, Indiana."

Bowne earned a doctorate degree in education from Western Michigan University, where he also earned his bachelor's and master's degrees.

He now becomes the sixth president in JCCC history — replacing Joe M. Sopcich, who had served as JCCC president since 2013.

JCCC opened in 1969 and is the largest community college in Kansas.