Rock Valley College

RVC Presidential Finalists and Community Forums Announced

Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Media Contact: David Costello, 815-921-4516

Rock Valley College is pleased to announce the two finalists who have been selected in the search for its next president. The finalists for the position are Ms. Amy A. King and Dr. Howard J. Spearman.

On-campus interviews, including public and Zoom forums, will be conducted July 20-21. 

In keeping with the Illinois Department of Public Health guidance under Restore Illinois, social distancing will be enforced, which will limit the number of participants allowed to attend in-person forums. Those who cannot attend forums in-person are invited to attend via Zoom. To attend either in-person or via Zoom you must RSVP at

Community forums will be held on the following dates and times with the indicated finalist in the Performing Arts Room (PAR) on RVC’s main campus (3301 North Mulford Road):

Dr. Howard Spearman: Monday, July 20, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Amy King: Tuesday, July 21, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Beginning at 5:00 p.m. for each forum, the candidate will introduce him or herself briefly and will then answer questions from the audience.

About the Candidates

Ms. Amy A. King

Amy A. King most recently served as the central region Group President for DeVry University.  In that role, Ms. King had executive oversight of 12 campuses in Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Missouri, and Colorado serving 4500 undergraduate and graduate students.  Ms. King holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Benedictine University, and is pursuing her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern California.


Dr. Howard J. Spearman

Dr. Howard J. Spearman currently serves as the Vice President, Student Affairs and Chief Student Services Officer for Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison College is one of sixteen technical colleges under the Wisconsin Technical College system serving 33,000 students. Dr. Spearman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Cardinal Stritch University.