• Dr. Ecklund is the Vice President of Instruction and Economic Development.  He comes to Coastal Bend from Northeast Iowa Community College, where he served as Dean of Business and Computer Sciences for 4 years.  Prior to that, Dr. Ecklund served as an adjunct, Program Chair, and Dean of Faculty at Minnesota School of Business/Globe University.  

    Prior to getting into education, Dr. Ecklund served 9 years in the US Army.  He also worked in business as an office manager and as a corporate trainer.  

    Dr. Ecklund is a community college graduate and knows the value of the education provided.  He received a Bachelor of Business and a Master's of Education in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota.  He also has an MBA from Minnesota School of Business.  He completed an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota.  

    He has continued to teach as an adjunct faculty when time permits.  This allows him to keep up with what is happening in the classroom and better relate to faculty.  

    Dr. Ecklund's philosophy of education is students first.  Great teachers are able to reach each student.  They are able to find the things that motivate and get students excited.  Each student is an individual and has their own needs.  If educators can reach those needs, students will walk out of the classroom successfully learning what they need to know.  When the teacher's role is to guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information, the students' search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions.  For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic situations.