SCC Trustee Brian Roth Remembered

Written by Theresa Rose on September 9, 2015

West Burlington, IA – Southeastern Community College Trustee, Brian Roth passed away on September 9, following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Roth, Trustee from District 1, encompassing Henry County and surrounding areas, was first elected to the SCC Board of Trustees in 1999. During his 16-year tenure, Mr. Roth served as Board President three separate times and helped lead SCC through an era of growth and transformation, including a number of expansion projects, record-high enrollments, and leadership transitions.

Mr. Roth owned Eldon Roth Insurance Agency in Mt. Pleasant. His professional skills were a great asset to the College.

SCC President Dr. Michael Ash described Brian as a great mentor for managing financial matters and thinking strategically. He had a definite ability to see the big picture and think about the long term – two critical skills for any college trustee.

Ash continues that in addition to his business acumen, Mr. Roth understood that organizations are successful thanks to their people.

“Brian valued everyone: our students, our staff, our communities. He took seriously his duty to carry out SCC’s mission to serve everyone across the region, and we are all better off because of it,” explained Ash.

Mr. Roth was active in the SCC community and was a regular figure at many College events. He and his wife Lois were strong supporters of the SCC Foundation and Alumni Association.

Ash added, “Beyond his service to the college, he was an intelligent, witty, and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed.”