INA, Ill. – Rend Lake College Trustee Marvin Scott has been around the block once or twice. One block in particular, the 400 block of East Capitol Avenue in Springfield, has been a stop of his for about the past two decades. That’s where the Illinois Community College Trustees Association has its headquarters. Scott, who has been RLC’s ICCTA proxy for about half of his more than 30 years serving on the board, was recognized at the organization’s annual meeting this year.
The Trustee Education Award was given to him at the ICCTA Awards Luncheon, June 5, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel. Created by the ICCTA Board of Representatives in 1992, it recognizes outstanding achievement in the area of professional development. This year’s recipients have participated in at least 15 ICCTA seminars during their tenure as board members. It is the fourth time Scott, a resident of Belle Rive and owner of Hamson Feed Store, has earned the award and he was the lone fourth-time recipient this year. Dave Maguire, a trustee at Spoon River College, is the only fifth-time recipient.
“As long as I feel good and my mind’s right, I will keep doing it,” Scott said of being a trustee for the RLC District.
He started attending ICCTA meetings and conventions with former RLC Board Member Allan Patton who served from 1979-2001. Scott took over as ICCTA rep for RLC and hasn’t stopped yet. He is the man for the job, simply because he feels he has the time, he explained.
“It takes time and I think I’ve got the time. Other people are busy. I say this all the time. If someone gets the time then I’ll let someone else do it. That’s the main reason. I’ve got the time to do it and I’m interested in the college.”
ICCTA President Jeff May (Joliet Junior College) said the fact that Scott has now received the award four times would mean he has been to at least 60 training seminars. The ICCTA holds about four to five meetings each year, so trustees are able to attend annually about five seminars at the most. It would have taken Scott a dozen years at least to complete 60 trainings.
“He has really shown a solid commitment to good trusteeship to get the most education possible to do his job well,” May said. “… He has taken the time to be the best trustee he can be.”
May said he has found it takes a new trustee at least two years to be a totally effective trustee. Scott’s number of years makes him an asset to others, he said.
“Someone who has been in at his level with as much training as he has had, we can really look to him to see how to be a good trustee.”
Scott always makes a point to get others involved with ICCTA business. Many times, a fellow board member or college official will go with Scott to meetings or events. Recently, it was RLC President Charley Holstein who accompanied Scott to an ICCTA sponsored seminar.
“Marvin Scott is the epitome of commitment to the community college system in Illinois,” Holstein said. “His volunteerism and untiring efforts are vital to the board staying up to date with college and state initiatives.”
Scott, a resident of Belle Rive and owner of Hamson Feed Store there, has been a longtime lynchpin on the Board of Trustees at RLC – since 1979. He is in attendance at nearly every if not every RLC function, whether it be for agriculture, athletics or the annual dinner.
“I don’t think very many have received an award that I haven’t been there,” Scott said. “If our teachers or someone at the college has put in the time and work to get an award, then I’m going to put in the time to be there. I just want to be there.”
At the recent statewide convention, he was able to witness ICCTA officials recognizing the college’s 2009 Faculty Excellence Award Winner, English Professor Rob Little, and RLC Alumnus of the Year Randy Rubenacker. Scott attends meetings and seminars on the regional, state and national levels throughout the year and reports back to the full board about what he learned. He said he has learned a thing or two serving as ICCTA Representative for so many years.
“The money issue has always been an issue and still is. You learn what other colleges are doing or not doing. You see what is going on throughout the state and you learn from it all.”