Gary Ayres, vice president of Administration, has been with Lewis and Clark for more than 30 years.
Gary was a faculty member from December 1980 until 1988; division chairperson for the Allied Health, Math and Science, Applied Technology and Business Divisions from 1987 until 1992; Associate Dean of Career Programs from 1993 until 2000 and has had his current position since 2001.
“I grew up in Godfrey and rode my bike on the campus of Monticello College when I was young. I went to Godfrey Grade School next door, and we would attend the plays that the Monti students presented. I even remember having our school Christmas program on the stage of the Chapel when it was at its original location across the highway. As a boy, I wasn’t that keen on going to school and never dreamed that I would one day work at the College. The campus was a fun place to play as a child, and after 30 years, Lewis and Clark is still a fun place to work,” he said. “My favorite memory would be attending commencement each year. It’s always a time to celebrate, reconnect with colleagues and share in the feelings of pride as our students graduate. I also enjoy wearing the funny robe.”
Gary thanks Lewis and Clark for providing him a career where he can have a positive impact on the community.
“I’m proud to say that I’ve been involved in the transition of a two-year ‘junior college’ to what is now regarded as a vital institution for our entire district. My tenure at Lewis and Clark has been a very rewarding experience,” he said.
“Monticello was always known for its beautiful campus. With the expansion of Lewis and Clark, we not only maintained the beauty but provide our district residents excellent educational facilities with state of the art technology and a venue for diverse cultural experiences. We consistently hear that Lewis and Clark is not a typical community college campus.”