INA, Ill. - Hamilton County resident Kelly Woodrow was seated Tuesday night to the Rend Lake College Board of Trustees.
Born in Hamilton County, Woodrow has operated the family farm for 30 years. The business started with his father and continues with Woodrow and his two sons, Justin and Jason Woodrow. They, as well as daughter Kelsey, attended RLC.
"I'm looking forward to serving the college the best I can," Woodrow said.
He added that his first goal is to look after the interests of the college and the taxpayers in Hamilton County.
He served on the Hamilton County Board for eight years and was recommended by former RLC Trustee and current Hamilton County Board Chairman Dr. Donald Mitchell. Mitchell resigned from his position as trustee at the college earlier this year following an informal opinion issued by the Illinois Attorney General's Office to the Hamilton County State's Attorney regarding a conflict in holding county board and college trustee seats simultaneously.
Mitchell was elected to a six year term in April. Woodrow's term will continue until the next RLC Board of Trustees election, at which time he would have to successfully run to hold the seat.
Woodrow has also served on the Southeastern Development Board in Harrisburg, the Wabash Area Development Corporation Board of Directors and the Beaver Creek Township Board of Trustees. He said he was approached by RLC Board Chairman Dave Edmison and longstanding Trustee Marvin Scott about representing Hamilton County on the RLC Board.
"They say to get someone who will do a good job, you need to find a busy person," Edmison said. "We have certainly found that in Kelly Woodrow."
Woodrow lives in Hamilton County with his wife, Shelley. Daughter Kelsey Woodrow is set to graduate with a bachelor's degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., this Spring.