EAST ALTON – Former Southwestern Illinois College
Dean of Math and Sciences Paige Mettler-Cherry has joined the National Great
Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRRECsm), a division of Lewis
and Clark Community College, as the new Director of Operations and Strategic
As part of
NGRREC’s leadership team, Mettler-Cherry will be responsible for overseeing the
strategic direction for the education and conservation departments, along with
supporting research operations.
“My career in
higher education gives me the best of both worlds, working with students and
conducting research,” she said. “I am passionate about conservation and love
introducing students to science, ecology and the great outdoors.”
started her career as an undergraduate research assistant at Southern Illinois
University Edwardsville (SIUE), working with Professor of Plant Biology Marian
“I was extremely
lucky to meet Dr. Smith - she not only introduced me to floodplain ecology, but
also encouraged me to go on to graduate school,” Mettler-Cherry said. “As a
first-generation college student in my family, the mentoring she provided
opened doors that I did not even know existed.”
is also an expert on the threatened plant species, Decurrent False Aster (Boltonia
decurrens), which is an endemic species to the Illinois River floodplain.
Throughout her career, she has worked with various federal agencies including
the U.S Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.
received the President’s Scholar Teacher Award during her time at Lindenwood
University, where she was a professor of biology.
“Lewis and Clark
Community College has a wonderful sense of community to go with a beautiful,
historic campus,” Mettler-Cherry said. “I am very excited to bring my
experiences to NGRREC and look forward to working with Lewis and Clark students
while becoming more involved with conservation and outreach efforts in the
community and beyond.”
information c ontact Mettler-Cherry at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC ℠ )
in 2002 as a collaborative partnership between the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College, NGRREC is dedicated to
the study of great river systems and the communities that use them. The center
aspires to be a leader in scholarly research, education, and outreach related
to the interconnectedness of large rivers, their floodplains, watersheds, and
their associated communities.