Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois, enrolls about 5,700 undergraduate students in its two-year degree programs. Slightly more than half of the student body is Black. The college has announced three finalists for the position of president. All candidates will visit campus early next month for interviews and public forums. One of the three finalists is an African American.
Valerie R. Roberson currently is vice president for academic affairs at Joliet Junior College in Illinois. She is the former president of Olive-Harvey College and was vice president for adult education at the City Colleges of Chicago.
Dr. Roberson is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where she majored in psychology. She earned a master’s degree at Roosevelt University and a doctorate in higher education administration from Illinois State University.