Randall Shively is the man behind the scenes. That is not to say his work goes unnoticed, however.
The Director of the Physical Plant for Rend Lake College definitely has the attention of fellow administrators.
When the call went out for nominations for the 2003 Rend Lake College "Outstanding Staff Award," Shively’s name was submitted by President Mark S. Kern, two Vice-Presidents, a Dean and the Chief Executive Officer of the RLC Foundation, among others. Not a bad lineup to have in your corner.
Major projects under Shively’s supervision in the last year have included the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon and The Hitting Zone baseball/softball complex on the Ina campus. Both "have been finished on time due to the maintenance staff and Randall Shively’s efforts," as the letter of nomination indicated.
"Shively exhibits a positive attitude each and every day. Although he oversees multiple projects, you will never hear complaints . . . only a smile and "We will do our best and try to get it done on time."
Shively, a former Warrior student-athlete from Kentucky who now lives in Wayne City, is responsible for a large department "critical to the development and safety of the college staff and students," the letter said.
"He has spent many hours above and beyond his position’s requirements. He can be found the night before a special event ensuring the next day’s success. He can be found volunteering on weekends at the Golf Expo or Spring Fling. Or he may be found at the MarketPlace late on a Friday night making sure Salon Hollywood or some other store has the keys it needs to lock up.
"When severe weather conditions occur, he is working with his crew making sure the campus parking lots and sidewalks are safe."
In addition, Shively has maintained a college course load on weekends and evenings in recent years, completing requirements just this spring for a Master’s Degree in Workforce Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Shively also serves on the school board in Wayne City.
He and his wife, Randa, are the parents of three children - Ben is one of the managers at Pasta House in Mt. Vernon; Chandra is a Rend Lake College student who has worked part-time at the RLC Golf Outlet since its opening, and Luke, 7.