HELENA – The Montana deputy commissioner of higher education John Cech, Ph.D., has been named the new President of Carroll College.
Cech will be the 18th president of Carroll College and will assume the duties in June 2018. Cech will replace Rev. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D., who has served as interim president for the college since August 1st, 2017, after former President Thomas Evans, Ph.D., stepped down to accept the position of president at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX.
The Carroll College Board of Trustees and a thirteen-member search committee made the decision and said that Cech would be a strong leader for the campus.
“John Cech has a rare combination of skills and traits that make him the perfect fit for Carroll,” said John Walda, chair of the Carroll Board of Trustees.
Born in Butte, Cech graduated from Billings Central High School before earning his BS in Business Administration from Montana State University at Billings. He went on to earn a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, CO and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN.
Cech has worked for the Montana University system for 16 years and received national recognition for advances in student success and completion.
Cech says he wants to first listen to students and faculty before making any changes, but he sees a lot of potential in the school.
“I’d like to work with the faculty and the academic division to have conversations about undergraduate programs and some graduate opportunities that can move this campus,” says Cech, “Not only here in Montana but across the Pacific Northwest.”
Before applying for the presidency, Cech and his wife Victoria were already familiar with Carroll. “As the parents of a Saint (son Isaiah is a current junior), both Victoria and I believe in Carroll College, its mission and the large impact the Carroll experience has on students,” said Cech.
“For the past several years, I have had the pleasure of getting to know many of the faculty, staff and Carroll community, the mission, and its Catholic identity. I’ve come to see firsthand that ‘Not for School, But for Life,’ isn’t just some motto on a plaque. It’s something real and life-giving.”
Cech says that he’s excited to be an “official Saint” will be supporting Carroll Basketball in person for the Frontier Conference Boys and Girls Championships.
Cech added that he his honored and humbled to begin his service at Carroll College.