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College Administration

Meet the president of ECC and his cabinet.

David Sam - President photo

David Sam, PhD, JD, LLM
Phone: 847-214-7374
The president is the college’s chief executive officer, reporting to the board of trustees. The president guides internal operations which ensure student success and meet the current and emerging needs of the community. More»

Peggy Heinrich photo

Peggy Heinrich, MA
Interim Vice President of Teaching, Learning, & Student Development

This office is dedicated to student success through coordination of the college’s academic programs and services.  The vice president oversees all instructional divisions, learning resources and student services. More»

Sharon Konny Photo

Sharon Konny, MBA
Vice President of Business & Finance
Phone: 847-214-7367
Business, financial services and facilities are managed through this office. More»

Paula Amenta

Paula Amenta, MS
Managing Director of Community Engagement and Legislative Affairs
Phone: 847-214-7273
In addition to building productive partnerships and strategic relationships with businesses, institutions, and individuals throughout Community College District 509, this office oversees the college’s legislative initiatives.

Phil Garber Photo

Philip Garber, PhD
Executive Director of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness
Phone: 847-214-7285
This office is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of a broad range of processes related to strategic planning, analysis and/or evaluation of the institution’s effectiveness. The executive director works with college administrators, faculty and staff to support and guide management's strategic planning activities throughout the campus.

Toya Webb

Toya Webb
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Phone: 847-214-7823
This office is responsible for media relations, public relations, social media, crisis communications, and other communication functions at the college. The executive director works with college administrators, faculty, and staff to support and guide management's strategic communications activities throughout the campus. 

Marilyn Prentice Photo

Marilyn Prentice, MBA
Paralegal, EEO/AA and FOIA officer
Phone: 847-214-7992
Serving under the direction of the president and acting as liaison with outside counsel, the paralegal is also the EEO/AA officer and the FOIA compliance officer.

Katherine Sawyer

Katherine Sawyer, MBA, CFRE, CSPG
Executive Director of Institutional Advancement & ECC Foundation
Phone: 847-214-7143
Coordinating efforts in resource development and alumni relations for the college, this office also directs grant development and resource development strategies, as well as the college’s private, not-for-profit foundation. More»

Diane Kerruish

Diane Kerruish, AS
Senior Executive Assistant to the President
Phone: 847-214-7374
Under the direction of the president, the senior executive assistant is responsible for the operational needs of both the president and the board of trustees, is the local election official, and acts as chief liaison between the president and the public, employees, students, board of trustees, ECC Foundation directors and public officials.

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