New Scott Community College President Named
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) has announced Dr. Lyn Brodersen Cochran as the next President of Scott Community College (SCC). She currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Organizational Development at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Brodersen Cochran will be taking over the reins from retiring President Teresa Paper. Her appointment follows a nationwide search for Paper’s successor.
“We couldn’t have been more pleased with the many highly qualified candidates for the position. Dr. Brodersen Cochran stood out among the finalists, and we are very pleased that Lyn has accepted the position,” said EICC Chancellor Don Doucette. “She was clearly the consensus selection of the many members of the SCC and EICC family who met her during our candidate forums. Her extensive background will be a great asset for both Scott Community College and the entire Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.”
The selection process narrowed the list of applicants down to a final four. Those four spent two days at the college, meeting with faculty, staff, community members and the EICC leadership team.
Brodersen Cochran has served in her current post since 2013. In that position she is responsible for leadership and administration of the Extension and Outreach Units including leading conferences, events and professional development opportunities for 1,200 faculty and staff, and 900 elected officials across the state of Iowa.
Also, she currently serves as a lecturer for both Drake University and Iowa State University in the areas of Qualitative Research Methodology.
“I had a tremendous experience during my interview process at SCC and very much enjoyed the entire college community,” Brodersen Cochran said. “My family and I think it’s an honor and a privilege to be invited to join the college and we’re very excited to be relocating to a vibrant community like the Quad Cities.”
Her previous experience includes serving as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at North Iowa Community College in Mason City; Dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Sciences at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN; Campus Executive Officer and Dean at University of Wisconsin-Richland; Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN; and Assistant Dean for Communications and Industrial Technology at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE.
Brodersen Cochran is married to Doug Cochran, a truck driver and country musician. She has three stepsons, Charlie, living in Palm Springs, CA, Eric in Appleton, WI, and Ethan in New Braunfels, TX. They also have two Miniature Schnauzers, Kaiser and Lulu.
Brodersen Cochran will begin her SCC duties in August, prior to the start of the new academic year.
Retiring President Paper has served as college president since 2012. Previously she had served as dean of the college since 2005.
SCC is one of the three colleges, including Clinton and Muscatine, that comprise the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. SCC enrolled more than 4,500 students this past fall semester. Its locations include the main campus in Bettendorf, as well as the West Davenport Center on Fairmount Street, the Blong Technology Center just off Interstate 80 north of Davenport, and the Kahl Education Center in downtown Davenport. The college will be opening a new downtown Davenport Urban Campus in January, 2018.