Northwest Iowa Community College Selects Next President

February 23, 2021 11:16am

John Hartog 1

John Hartog

In a unanimous decision, the Northwest Iowa Community College Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Dr. John Hartog III of Boyden, as the 10th president of NCC. The decision was announced during the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday, February 22.


Dr. Hartog is the current Vice President for Student & Academic Services at NCC, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to that, he served as President of Faith Baptist College and Seminary in Ankeny. Over the course of his 18 years at Faith Baptist, he held a variety of other administrative roles including Program Director, Dean of the Seminary, the Academic Vice President, and the Provost.


Adam Besaw, President of the Board at NCC says Dr. Hartog’s education, experience, and passion for the College’s mission made him the natural choice. He says they are fortunate to have a candidate of Dr. Hartog’s caliber ready for the next step in his career. Besaw says the Board is excited and confident that he will provide the right energy, expertise, and collaborative leadership for NCC, especially with his 10 years of experience as NCC’s Vice President of Student & Academic Services, and his more than 28 years of experience in higher education.  Besaw says Dr. Hartog exemplifies a deep understanding of issues facing students and higher education and a vision for the future. Northwest Iowa Community College will continue to grow and be a great resource for the region under Dr. Hartog’s leadership.


Dr Alethea Stubbe

Alethea Stubbe

Dr. Hartog holds an MA from the University of Minnesota in Classical and Near Eastern Studies and a PhD from Central Seminary in Systematic Theology. He has completed the coursework for a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University, and has several other degrees and a number of recognitions.


Hartog succeeds Dr. Alethea Stubbe who is retiring June 30, this year.  Stubbe has been president of NCC since May 2011 and retires with 32 years in higher education, of which 30 of those years were at NCC.