Mark Hempen of New London has announced his candidacy for the Southeastern Community College District 1 Trustee seat. Hempen wants to directly support the successful initiatives currently going on at the college, as well as future initiatives to promote quality higher education in the southeast Iowa region.
“As I’ve lived and worked in southeast Iowa, I’ve seen SCC grow to become an award-winning institution. I stand behind SCC’s positive path that has supported innumerable successful careers and will support efforts to created an education workforce to fulfill local job opportunities. Many of Southeast Iowa’s largest achievements started with a degree from SCC.”
Hempen has gained extensive leadership experience in his career and his volunteer commitments in southeast Iowa. After a successful career in radio and radio sales with KBUR/KGRS and later Titan Broadcasting in Burlington, he has served as the Foundation Director for Henry County Health Center for the past eight years.
He was previously elected to the New London City Council for 12 years, was appointed to the Mississippi Valley Regional Workforce Investment Board and the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission and has also volunteered as a member of the Red Flag Horseless Carriage Tour Board, the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Ambassadors and the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce Board, where he was recognized as Volunteer of the Year. He has gained extensive experience with public budgeting, board governance, fundraising and community relations.
Hempen believes his record of collaborative partnerships and positive relationship-building would be a positive addition to the SCC board and he asks for your vote on November 7th.