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Rives Appointed to Higher Learning Commission Institutional Action Council

April 20, 2017

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL -- The Board of Trustees of the Higher Learning Commission approved the appointment of Western Illinois University Vice President for the Quad Cities and Planning Joe Rives to the HLC's Institutional Action Council (IAC).

The four-year term will begin Sept. 1. The IAC conducts reviews and takes action on the majority of accreditation recommendations. Rives also serves as a peer reviewer, a change panelist and as a persistence and completion academy mentor for the Commission.

Rives joined the WIU administrative team in April 2005 as the assistant to the president for planning and budget. He was named vice president of Quad Cities and planning at Western in August 2008. In his role as vice president of planning at WIU, Rives is responsible for institutional accreditation reporting for the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

As vice president of the WIU-Quad Cities campus, he serves as the University's point of contact for Quad Cities economic development issues, co-chair of the President's Executive Institute, leadership for University-wide planning and works to expand partnerships with businesses, industries and agencies. Rives also works with Illinois, Iowa and Missouri community colleges and regional high schools to institute collaborative educational paths, and has responsibility for the administration and planning for the Quad Cities campus.

Rives serves as chair of Renew Moline's Project Management Team and as a member of the Renew Moline Executive Board of Directors. He is also vice president/president-elect of the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators (NABCA).

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