New board members seated, officers selected
Welcomed new board members Dr. Donald Mitchell (McLeansboro) and Rick Marlow (Mt. Vernon). In April, Mitchell was elected to a six-year term and Marlow was elected to fill an unexpired two-year term. Incumbent Ed Cunningham (Mt. Vernon) was reelected to a six-year term.
Mitchell worked as a physician in Hamilton County before retiring after 40 years. He is a member of several organizations, including the Hamilton County Board of Trustees, Hamilton Memorial Hospital Foundation, Hamilton County Public Health Department, Southeastern Illinois Regional Planning Commission and the Evansville Komen Race for the Cure.
Marlow is a licensed architect who retired from the Rend Lake College faculty in 2006; he is now the program manager for YouthBuild, hosted by the United Methodist Children's Home in Mt. Vernon.
Cunningham is the CEO of Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He also is a member of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and acts as Vice President of Internal Affairs for that organization.
The board also reorganized Tuesday evening, selecting the following officers: David Edmison, chair; Bryan Drew, vice chair; and Ed Cunningham, Secretary. Marvin Scott was reappointed Illinois Community College Trustees Association Representative; Vice President of Finance and Administration Larry West was appointed Treasurer; and John Huffman of Gilbert Kimmel Huffman Prosser was appointed board attorney.
Interim team becomes permanent
Made permanent appointments to several positions which had been filed on an interim basis:
• Created the position of Vice President of Academic Instruction and appointed Chris Kuberski to the position effective immediately. She has been full time with the college since August 1989, coming aboard as an adjunct instructor before taking a permanent position teaching English nearly 20 years ago. Nine years later, Kuberski was promoted to Division Chair of Arts and Communication, which became the Liberal Arts Division when Social Science was added in 1999.
• Created the position of Vice President of Career Technical Instruction and appointed Lisa Payne to the position effective immediately. Payne has been with RLC for more than 23 years – more than five years as its Dean of Instruction. She started as Coordinator of Community Services and has held titles such as Coordinator of the Center for Business Services, Director of the RLC Small Business Development Center, and Associate Dean of Special Programs. From there, she was promoted to Dean of Special Programs before becoming Dean of Instruction in 2002.
Both Kuberski and Payne were described by college officials as exceptional administrators possessing the necessary leadership, organizational and instructional skills to perform their new duties. Both were appointed to their interim positions in July 2008.
• Appointed Henry "Buster" Leeck as Liberal Arts Division Chair effective immediately. The Opdyke native holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master's Degree in Education, both from SIUC, and was a substitute teacher at Bluford Grade School before becoming a history instructor at RLC in 2004. He was appointed to the interim seat in July 2008. In addition to teaching, Leeck is a member of the National Council for Social Studies and the Illinois State Historical Society, and serves on numerous committees at the college.
• Appointed Terry Wilkerson as Applied Science Division Chair effective immediately. Wilkerson most recently served as an Agriculture Professor at RLC before being named to the interim division chair seat in October. After graduating valedictorian of the McLeansboro High School Class of 1990, Wilkerson moved on to earn an associate degree from the agriculture program at RLC. He holds dual master’s degrees from SIUC, graduating summa cum laude in both. Wilkerson and his wife Julie were nominated this year as candidates for the National Outstanding Young Farmers Award by the Outstanding Farmers of America Fraternity.
College officials said both Leeck and Wilkerson have served admirably in their interim positions and possess the necessary skills to act as effective division chairs.
Kinser joins faculty as Biological Sciences Instructor
Employed Abel Kinser as a full-time Biological Sciences Instructor effective August 17, 2009. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences and a Master's Degree in Plant Biology, both from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He was a science instructor at Christopher High School from 2004-2007 and at Marion High School from 2007 to the present, and also has taught dual-credit biology classes for RLC. He has been an instructor for RLC's Alternative Education Program as well.
Steele becomes Help Desk / Web Assistant
Employed Walter Steele as Help Desk / Web Assistant effective May 11. Steele holds an Associate of Specialized Technology from ITT Technical Institute and has taught part-time at RLC since 2006. He is a former engineering manager for First Cellular of Southern Illinois.
Upward Bound Advisor Taylor moving on
Accepted with regret the resignation of Brooke Taylor from the position of Upward Bound Student Advisor effective April 27. "I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this college," Taylor wrote in her resignation letter.
Bid awarded for chemistry lab furnishings
Accepted the bid of $45,200 from Sargent-Welch of Arlington Heights for furnishings for the chemistry lab. Plans call for the chemistry lab to be renovated beginning this month.
New courses, curriculum changes approved
Approved three new courses (First Responder for Mining, Mine Electrical Systems, and Occupational Health Care Experience) and changes to two curricula (Mining Technology and Office Systems Technology – Health Information Assistant) and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action.
In other business, the board ...
• Approved the list of obsolete materials for sale at an auction to be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28.
• Approved revisions to the college organizational chart.
Mark your calendars …
• RLC All-Sports Athletic Banquet, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, Rend Lake Resort and Conference Center.
• Board / Faculty / Staff Dinner, Friday, May 8, Rend Lake Resort Conference Center.
• Commencement, Friday, May 15, RLC Gymnasium.
• RLC Board of Trustees Workshop, 4 p.m. Friday, June 19, Rend Lake Resort.