Curtis Oldfield, who grew up working on his family’s farm in Farmington, earned an Associate in Science degree in Agriculture from Spoon River College in 1995. On July 1, 2012, Oldfield returned to Spoon River College as its eighth president.
“Excellent faculty at Spoon River College gave me a great start, helped me realize my full potential, and taught me more than just what was in a textbook. Eighteen years later, the College remains committed to doing that same thing for today’s students.”
During the 2012 Annual Fall Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Conference that the College hosted on the Canton Campus, President Oldfield addressed the approximately 200 PAS members from throughout Illinois who were in attendance.
“When people ask how I managed to become the youngest community college president in the history of Illinois, I credit my involvement in FFA and PAS as a significant part of my success,” Oldfield said. “Numerous events such as this are an important piece of the agricultural education program, and through them I gained valuable experiences in public speaking, debating, interviewing, and problem-solving; all skills that I needed to advance my career in education.”
After receiving his A.S. from Spoon River College, Oldfield earned a B.S. in agricultural education from Illinois State University, and an M.S. in agricultural education from the University of Illinois. He taught agriculture and served as the dean of instruction at SRC, plus served as the vice-president of academic affairs at Northeast Iowa Community College before returning home to accept the presidency.
“Excellent faculty at Spoon River College gave me a great start, helped me realize my full potential, and taught me more than just what was in a textbook,” said Oldfield. “Eighteen years later, the College remains committed to doing that same thing for today’s students.”