Presidential Search

The Board of Trustees of Northeast Iowa Community College seeks a dynamic, seasoned, creative, passionate, and entrepreneurial leader who is committed to improving lives within the institution and the region it serves, driving business success, and advancing community vitality to serve as its next President. The new President will build upon a strong, financially stable, well-run institution with extraordinary community support.

Candidate Interview Schedules

Dr. Joe DeHart

Calmar - January 24
Peosta - January 25
Dr. Joe DeHart Schedule (PDF)
Dr. Joe DeHart Resume (PDF)

Dr. Mark Curtis-Chávez

Calmar - January 25
Peosta - January 26
Dr. Mark Curtis-Chávez Schedule (PDF)
Dr. Mark Curtis-Chávez Resume (PDF)

Dr. Herb Riedel

Calmar - January 26
Peosta - January 27
Dr. Herb Riedel Schedule (PDF)
Dr. Herb Riedel Resume (PDF)

Dr. Martin Reimer

Calmar - January 27
Peosta - January 28
Dr. Martin Reimer Schedule (PDF)
Dr. Martin Reimer Resume (PDF)

Community members are welcome to attend any candidate's public meeting either via zoom or in-person.

Presidential Search Finalists

Finalists for the President search are listed below in alphabetical order.


Mark Curtis-Chávez

Dr. Mark Curtis-Chávez

Dr. Curtis-Chávez serves as the Provost of the College of DuPage (COD), Glen Ellyn, IL, overseeing both academic and student affairs as the chief academic and the chief student affairs officer. In addition, he oversees the continuing education, workforce, and the performing and visual arts programs of the College.

A first-generation college graduate, Curtis-Chávez taught English as an adjunct and full-time professor. He has served in a variety of administrative positions at Arizona Western College, Cuyahoga Community College, Lone Star College and College of DuPage, from division chair to dean to district office administration. Recently, he institutionalized student success goals at COD to increase Black and Latino student success and created a needs-based scholarship for students with financial struggles.

Curtis-Chávez earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Toledo, an M.A. in English from Northern Illinois University, and a B.A. in English from Indiana University.


Joe DeHart

Dr. Joe DeHart

Dr. Joe DeHart currently serves as provost of the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Newton campus. He has been employed at DMACC since 2002 initially working within the president's office as the executive director of institutional effectiveness and assistant to the president before becoming provost in 2017.

During his tenure as provost, DeHart has expanded programming to match current student interests and meet the needs of business and industry in Jasper and Marion Counties. He has been recognized nationally for his contribution to improving the use of data to enhance teaching and learning in higher education.

He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Educational Leadership from Iowa State University and B.S. in General Science from the University of Iowa.


Martin Reimer

Dr. Martin Reimer

Dr. Martin Reimer currently serves as provost at Ellsworth Community College of the Iowa Valley Community College District.

Throughout his career, Dr. Reimer has focused on developing talent and building diverse teams to improve open access, student success, diversity and inclusion, civic commitment, and workforce and economic development opportunities. Reimer began his career as an elementary teacher at the Colegio Americano in Puebla, Mexico, before transitioning into international business. He worked in the oil industry for Trouvay & Cauvin and in institutional banking with JP Morgan Chase Bank in Texas and Japan.

Reimer earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Capella University, an M.B.A in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a B.A. from General Studies from Central College in Pella, Iowa.


Herbert Riedel

Dr. Herb Riedel

Dr. Herbert H.J. Riedel served as president of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia, Ala., Alabama, where he introduced program offerings in advanced manufacturing, healthcare and short-term skills training, as well as an honor's program and the College's first student housing complex.

Previously, Riedel served as vice president for instruction and student development for Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. At the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., he served as Nanoscience Technology Research Center deputy director. His interests are promoting student success and developing the regional economy.

Riedel earned a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics and M.Math from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.


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Additional Information

Inquiries regarding the search may be directed to:

Julia Sollien, Board Secretary
Email: sollienj@nicc.edu
Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1145