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Illinois Central College Names Arnitria Shaw as Vice President of Workforce and Diversity

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Illinois Central College proudly names Arnitria Shaw as its Vice President of Workforce and Diversity. Shaw most recently served as the College’s Dean of College and Career Readiness. 

Her appointment as Vice President fills the position held previously by Dr. Rita Ali who retired from ICC after being elected Mayor of the City of Peoria in 2020. 

“Dean Shaw’s institutional knowledge and 20-plus years of experience as an educator, program director, trainer, and community advocate will serve the College well. She served as the Director of TRIO Student Support Services at ICC for many years. Her focus on student success and experience meeting institutional goals in both the College and Career Readiness (CCR) department and TRIO will help her succeed in her new role,” said Illinois Central College President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey.

Along with serving as the Director of TRIO Student Support Services and Dean of College and Career Readiness, Shaw has served as a Student Assistance and Family Liaison Advisor at Peoria Public Schools; a Master of Arts in Education, Teaching and Leadership (MATL) Cohort Leader and Faculty member for Saint Xavier University; and as an adjunct faculty instructor at ICC. 

Shaw is working toward her doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Leadership, Equity, and Inquiry at Illinois State University. She received her master’s degree in Education, Teaching, and Leadership from St. Xavier University and her bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education with a minor in African American Studies from Western Illinois University. 

Among her many community involvements and memberships, Shaw serves on a variety of ICC committees including the Intercultural Diversity Committee, President’s Advisory Committee, Student Conduct Committee, Behavior Intervention Team, Safety Committee, and the Student Completion Strategic Planning Team.  

Shaw is the owner of VisoPress and Productions. She is a recipient of the 25 Women in Leadership Award, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, and the ICC Staff Diversity Award. 


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