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McHenry County College Board Appoints New Chair, Trustee

[Monday, January 8, 2018]


                  Tom Allen                                                                                       Linda Liddell

At a special Board meeting on January 4, 2018, the McHenry County College (MCC) Board of Trustees elected Linda Liddell as board chair. She will fill former board chair Chris Jenner’s role through April. Jenner resigned in November to move to Florida.

The board voted 6-1 for Liddell, with Karen Tirio voting no. Molly Walsh nominated Liddell, and Karen Tirio nominated Diane Evertsen.

Liddell, of Crystal Lake, who was initially elected in 2011, has served on the board for more than six years and most recently served as the board’s representative to the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA). She previously served as vice chair from 2013 to 2017. Her current term expires in 2023. She is also the former president and current board member of the Illinois Community College Trustee Association.

“I feel honored to be selected to a new leadership role as Board chair,” Liddell said. “I look forward to working with fellow trustees to continue meeting the needs of the community and workforce and to ensure good communication, both within the board and the community as a whole.”

“Our focus right now is to support the efforts of the Liebman Science Center construction so that it is fully operational for students next fall,” Liddell added.

In other business, with a unanimous vote, the board appointed Tom Allen to fill the position vacated by Jenner. Allen’s appointment runs through April 2019 when results of the April 2019 Consolidated Election will determine a permanent trustee to serve a full term.

            Allen, of Lakewood, serves as a member of the Friends of McHenry County College Foundation board and has previously served as an adjunct fire service instructor for more than 20 years and is an MCC alumnus. He ran for a trustee seat in the 2017 election.

            “I’m very excited to serve on the Board of Trustees and look forward to working with the board members and the faculty and staff to continue the good work that is going on.” Allen said.

 When asked what he is most excited about, Allen stated, “I would like to see the completion of the Liebman Science Center and ensure that it’s meeting the needs of MCC students and future students.”

            MCC is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees who are elected for staggered six-year terms, and one non-voting student trustee who serves a one-year term. As the legislative body of the College District, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the development and adoption of District policies and for making related decisions.

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