J. Neil Admire, a former President of Lewis and Clark Community College, passed away last week. Over the course of his career Admire served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in the Illinois Public School System. Admire was also vice president of administration and assistant to the president at Lake Land Community College in Mattoon before coming to Lewis and Clark in 1983
Admire was President of Lewis and Clark until his retirement in 1992. Originally Born in Gillespie, Admire was the first in his family to attend college. Admire held a masters degree, a specialist degree, and a doctorate in education. Admire also served as President and CEO of the Illinois Community College System Foundation and was president of the Illinois Council of Public Community College Presidents.