The Saints Foundation of Shawnee Community College announces the retirement of Gene Honn, and searches for its new Executive Director


ULLIN, IL – Today, the Saints Foundation announced that the nonprofit organization’s Executive Director, Gene Honn, retired August 31, 2021, starting a leadership transition process over the next month.

Gene Honn

Former Executive Director Gene Honn

“Shawnee Community College has benefitted from Gene’s expertise and collegial generosity. The Saints Foundation board, faculty and students of the College, and our many partners and donors feel privileged to have worked with Gene and are enormously grateful to him for his many contributions,” says Sherrie Crabb, Saints Foundation Board Chair.

Gene’s tenure at the Saints Foundation has guided the organization through several undertakings, including establishing a food pantry for students, classroom grants for faculty, and increasing scholarships by 650%. The Saints Foundation assisted in developing the Construction Management AAS program with the Illinois Laborers’ and Contractors’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program, which is one of the most impactful accomplishments.

Gene reflects on his tenure as Executive Director, “Working for the Saints Foundation was a rewarding experience knowing we were helping to impact the lives of our students.” He leaves the organization in solid financial standing with systems the board and staff can continue to use to grow its influence on the lives of students and faculty of Shawnee Community College.

The board of directors will oversee the process of choosing Honn’s successor. Candidates can apply online by visiting the Saints Foundation webpage.

The Saints Foundation’s mission is to help the students of Shawnee Community College. For more information, contact Sherrie Crabb, Shawnee Community College Saints Foundation Board Chair, at or call 618.658.0764