What drives Nick Kachiroubas is serving the community. While attending MCC, Nick was elected as Student Trustee at the end of his first year. Wanting to better represent students on the Board, Nick organized the first student trustee advisory board. The student advisory board was instrumental in shaping the first Student Senate at MCC.
After receiving his associate’s degree from MCC in 1999 with high honors, Nick was elected to the McHenry County College Board of Trustees. At the age of 19, Nick was the youngest community college trustee to be elected. Reflecting on his experience as a student trustee, he authored "Effective Student Trustee Leadership" that was published by the National Association of Community College Trustees. In 2009 Nick received the Ten Under Forty Award by the McHenry County Business Journal and in 2012 was an American Council of Young Political Leaders delegate to Northern Ireland.
It is this combination of interest in politics/local government and servant leadership that is at Nick's core. Nick also is active in the community. He serves on the Crystal Lake Park Foundation and has been Chair for the Crystal Lake Cardboard Cup Regatta for 10 years. The money raised from this event go to numerous non-profits in our community. Nick currently is an associate Teaching Professor at DePaul University in the School of Public Service, instilling in his students that servant leadership is an integral part of public service. Nick was elected in 2009 to the office of City Clerk for Crystal Lake where he has a front row seat on how local government works. To come full circle, Governor Rauner recently appointed Nick to serve on the Illinois Community College Board. Nick said ''It’s a perfect way to give back to a system that gave me my start".
When looking back on how MCC played an impact on his life choices, he said, “MCC is where I got introduced to the concept of "servant leadership," which guides me still today. I would not be where I am today without the mentors I had at MCC."