Office of the President

Welcome to Waubonsee Community College. Our collective identity as a college is formed by the diverse students, faculty, staff, board and community members who choose to be part of our learning community. With that in mind, I’d like to share with you what I have observed about the Waubonsee learning community throughout my career.

As part of my efforts to get to know as many of our Waubonsee family as I can, I meet with each new full-time employee shortly after they start working at Waubonsee. What I hear most often during these meetings is their desire to make a difference for students and in their communities. This is more than a job – it is their passion. As I meet with various students and student groups, I find the same theme. Whatever their motivation, our students want to make a difference for themselves, for their families, for their communities, and for the world.

I am fortunate to hear the stories of individuals who were inspired, who were challenged and who were supported by someone at Waubonsee Community College. And I am equally fortunate to hear the stories of those who inspire and challenge us like our 2017 Distinguished Alumnus recipient, Steven Henrikson, who serves as a role model for the many students who start their careers while working on their education as well as to those with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Our alumni are changing the world. Many were the first in their family to graduate from college. Many transferred to four-year institutions to complete bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Waubonsee alumni have as varied careers as the more than 43,000 certificates and degrees awarded in our 51 year history. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Waubonsee Community College family.


Christine J. Sobek, Ed.D., President



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