Two Pinckneyville natives were honored with Presidential Awards for exceptional performances during the year on behalf of the Rend Lake College Foundation.
Awards to Dr. Gene Stotlar and Dr. Charles "Bill" Roe were presented at the Rend Lake College Foundation Annual Dinner held Thursday, December 4, at Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon.
Stotlar joined the RLCF Board in the fall of 1995. According to Pat Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of the RLC Foundation, nine new members were added to the board on August 23, 1995, a time of rejuvenation for the board.
"These new members were instrumental in changing the direction of the Foundation and the Capital Campaign," Mitchell said.
A retired physician, Stotlar has been valuable in providing insightful information about the Pinckneyville area, according to Mitchell. He spent numerous hours assembling this information and talking with Pinckneyville residents about Rend Lake College and the value of education.
Stotlar sits on the Murphy-Wall Bank Board and encouraged the naming opportunity of RLC’s Pinckneyville campus. Today, the Murphy-Wall campus serves an average of 300 students per semester, including those enrolled in dual-credit high school courses. That number does not include off-campus community education courses and other offerings.
In addition, Stotlar supports an annual Pinckneyville Community High School student scholarship to Rend Lake College.
Stotlar was an outstanding basketball player in Southern Illinois in the 1940s. He played one year at Southern Illinois University before giving up the sport in favor of plans to become a doctor. Stotlar and wife Ramona have two sons.
Roe was appointed to the Foundation board in August 1998. Like Stotlar, Roe was appointed based on his history of supporting education and his involvement in the community.
Roe likely holds the record for board membership in the Pinckneyville area, Mitchell said. He sits on the board of Murphy-Wall Bank (a position in which he succeeded his father, Wilson Roe) and, with Stotlar, encouraged the naming of the Pinckneyville campus. He also holds a seat on the Pinckneyville Community Hospital Board, supporting their employment scholarship program with RLC, and has served on the Perry County Board of Health and the Cemetery Board.
Roe and his wife, Mary - who serves as Vice-President of Student Services for Rend Lake College - have supported student scholarships since 1995. The Roes also were honored at the annual dinner with the Silver Major Gift Award.