Dr. Lori Sundberg



Dedicated, visionary higher education professional with more than 22 years experience as an educator and administrator with the last 14 years at the senior administrative level.  A leader at the national level serving on the Board of Directors for AACC, the 21st Century Implementation Team for Accountability, as well as serving as the Chair of the AACC Leadership and Professional Development Commission.  A leader at the state level serving on the leadership team for the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents.  Career highlights include Carl Sandburg College is ranked #1 in the Country for Technology for three consecutive years and ranked in the top 10 for ten years.  The College also received the largest private gift in its history this past year.  A keen focus on student persistence, retention, and completion rates has yielded annual increases and put the College well above national averages.  Experienced in the areas of finance, fundraising, marketing, grant writing, research, human resources, negotiations, and academic affairs.  



Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A) in Management, 2003—St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa
Dissertation:  The Relationship Between Proactive Coping and Personal and Organizational Outcomes

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) in Marketing, 1998—Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
Concentration:  Marketing

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Double Major in Economics and History, 1995—Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois

Cosmetology Certificate, 1977, Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois


AACC President’s Academy, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Harvard Fundraising for Presidents, 2016

Harvard New President’s Seminar, 2010, Cambridge, MA

AACC Future Leaders Advanced Seminar, 2009, Chicago, Illinois

ACCT Leadership Academy, 2006, Orlando Florida

Program on Negotiation, Consortium of Harvard, MIT, and Tufts 2005 Executive Education Seminars

Lincoln Awards for Excellence 1999, Springfield, Illinois

Leadership Greater Galesburg, 1996, Galesburg, Illinois



Carl Sandburg College                                        2010 - present

Carl Sandburg College                                        2007 - 2010
       Vice President of Academic Services

Carl Sandburg College                                        1995 - present
       Adjunct Instructor

Ferris State University                                        2013 - present
       Adjunct Instructor     

Knox College, Galesburg, IL                              2005 - 2009
       Lecturer in Economics

Carl Sandburg College                                        2005 - 2007
       Vice President of Administrative Services

Carl Sandburg College                                        2003 - 2005
       Dean of Human Resources and

Carl Sandburg College                                        1996-2002
       Director of Institutional Research/Coordinator



Women as Community College Presidents, League for Innovation in the Community College Leadership Abstracts, January 2016 Volume: 29 Issue: 1.

The Community College Academic Sea Change: Sink or Swim, Ferris State University Perspectives, February 2015.

What I Wish I had Known about Being a Community College President, League for Innovation in the Community College Leadership Abstracts. December 2013 Volume: 26 Issue: 12.

The Relationship Between the Use of Proactive Coping Skills and Job Satisfaction, Absenteeism, Tardiness, and Performance.  Sundberg, L. Midwest Academy of Management Conference Proceedings, March 2005.

Building Partnerships with Business that Make a Difference, New Directions for Community Colleges, 119 Fall 2002 Lori Sundberg, Mary Spangler, Editor.

The Community College as Change Agent: Giving Students from Financially Disadvantaged Homes a Better Chance, Welsh and Sundberg AIR 2001 Conference Proceedings 

Marketing Analysis for the Nontraditional Student at Carl Sandburg College, Educational Resource Information Center (ERIC), Spring 1998.  Southwestern Federation of Associated Disciplines Conference Proceedings

How Community Colleges can Increase Enrollments During Times of Low Unemployment, Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), Summer 1998, and American Marketing Association International Conference Proceedings

Distance Learning:  An Emerging Challenge for Higher Education, Journal of Contemporary Business Issues, Fall 1998, and Emerging Issues in Business and Technology Conference Proceedings.

Surviving Distance Learning Courses, Sundberg, Thistlethwaite, Fields, Marketing Management Conference Proceedings, Spring 1999

Economic Success in Galesburg during the Depression, Galesburg Post, March 1998



Interest-Based Bargaining (March 2008).  Presented to MBA students at St. Ambrose University for a graduate class in Labor Relations

Midwest Academy of Management, Sundberg, L. (2005).  The relationship between the use of   proactive coping skills and job satisfaction, absenteeism, tardiness, and performance,

League for Innovation National Conference, Sundberg, L., & Welsh, W.  (2002).  So? Tell me what all this information means to my Organization, 2002, Boston, MA

American Society of Training and Development, Sexual Harassment: The Rules are Changing, 2002, New Orleans, Louisiana

American Society of Training and Development, How to Integrate a Leadership System into a Community College, 2001, Orlando Florida.

Emerging Issues in Business & Technology Conference Sundberg, L. (2000, September).  Leadership today: Is gender still an issue. Myrtle Beach, SC

Southwestern Federation of Associated Disciplines (SWFAD), 1997, Marketing Analysis for the Nontraditional Student at Carl Sandburg College, Houston, Texas

International Conference for American Marketing Association (AMA), 1998, How Community Colleges Can Increase Enrollments During Times of Low Unemployment, San Antonio, Texas

Emerging Issues in Business and Technology, 1998, Distance Learning:  An Emerging Challenge for Higher Education, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Professionals, 1999, How Community Colleges Can Increase Enrollments During Times of Low Unemployment, Chicago, Illinois 

Illinois Council of Community College Administrators (ICCCA), 1998, Writing for Success, Springfield, Illinois



Knox College, Alumni Achievement Award, 2013
Carl Sandburg College Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, 2003
Progressive Woman Award, 2005, 2007
National Council for Marketing and Public Relations—Professional Development Award, 1998



AACC Board of Directors, 2013-2016
Member of the 21st Century AACC Implementation Team, Team #8 Accountability
AACC Commission Chair for Leadership and Professional Development
Secretary/Treasurer to the Illinois Community College Council of Presidents
Co-Chair of the Student Services Committee for the Illinois Council of Presidents
Member of the Illinois Council of Presidents Executive Committee
Board member of Cottage Hospital Board of Directors
Board member of the Greater Galesburg Economic Development Association
Academy of Management
Board member, Galesburg Downtown Council
Member, Association for Institutional Researcher
Member, Illinois Association for Institutional Research
Member, Illinois Council of Community College Administrators

Dr. Lori Sundberg


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