Former Black Hawk College East Campus vice president Dr. Arthur DeCabooter will be honored Sept. 22 for his leadership during the 1970s in creating the permanent campus between Kewanee and Galva and for initiating the highly regarded horse sciences as well as ag and auto mechanics programs.

Former Black Hawk College East Campus vice president Dr. Arthur DeCabooter will be honored Sept. 22 for his leadership during the 1970s in creating the permanent campus between Kewanee and Galva and for initiating the highly regarded horse sciences as well as ag and auto mechanics programs.

DeCabooter will be inducted onto the Black Hawk College East Foundation Wall of Fame at a reception and program beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22 at the East Campus.

“Art is a wonderful person who provided remarkable leadership for the East Campus during a period of strong growth,” said retired East business professor Carolyn Anderson of Cambridge, who worked closely with Dr. DeCabooter during his tenure at East Campus from 1971-78.

In honoring Dr. DeCabooter, the East Foundation seeks to raise enough financial support to create an endowed scholarship in his name.  

“Dr. DeCabooter jump-started the careers of many successful young people from our area,” said foundation executive director Liz Breedlove, “And we plan to keep Art’s legacy alive through an enduring scholarship for future students.”

DeCabooter served as acting provost of the East Campus from 1971-73 and as vice president from 1974-78. While at East, DeCabooter also served as president of the Kewanee Rotary, the YMCA, and Pilot House (now Abilities Plus).

DeCabooter later served for 30 years as the president of the 15,000-student Scottsdale Community College, in Arizona, from which he retired in 2008.

 To register for the reception, contact Kaylyn Peterson at petersonk@bhc.edu or (309) 854-1718.