Sauk Valley Community College is situated on a 163-acre campus in rural northwestern Illinois, along the scenic Rock River, midway between Dixon and the twin cities of Sterling and Rock Falls (). The college district encompasses 1,625 square miles, serving portions of Bureau, Carroll, Henry, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties--a combined population of just over 100,000 residents .
Sauk is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees elected by residents of the district and operating under the general supervision of the Illinois Community College Board . A non-voting student trustee on the Board represents student interests.
Dr. George J. Mihel has served as the college’s fifth president since July 2005. Reorganization of the administrative structure has reduced the number of vice presidents to one: the Academic Vice President. Some dean and director-level positions have been restructured and reassigned among the dean, director, and coordinator classifications. The current organizational structure shows five more administrators reporting directly to the President than 10 years ago under the prior president (Appendix).
As a comprehensive community college, Sauk provides a range of opportunities in academic transfer degrees, career and technical degrees, adult and continuing education, and community service offerings. The college offers 71 associate degree and 48 certificate programs. Sauk's commitment to the public also includes intercollegiate athletics and cultural offerings. The college’s commitment to serving the diverse needs of the district expresses itself in the existence of an array of support programs and technology services.