Community College Trustee
This article is not intended to scare or discourage anyone from running for Board of Trustees, but rather to help a potential candidate know if the necessary time is available, and if he/she wants to commit that time.
Qualifications for Illinois Community College Boards of Trustees:
• Citizen of the United States
• 18 or more years of age
• Resident of the State and District (all or parts of nine counties) for at least one year prior to seating as a board member.
There are no term limits meaning any Board member may re-run for an open seat when available.
Regular meetings at Black Hawk College are held once per month normally on the third Thursday of the month. We represent all or parts of nine Illinois counties, and we have two main campuses, plus a number of outreach and community facilities. Meetings alternate between the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline and the Community Education Center (CEC) in Kewanee.
Next what will be needed to be appointed? You will need a one page résumé and letter explaining why you think you would be a good board member and what you will do if you are appointed. Why are you interested? What makes you qualified to run? What will you do for students, employees, administrators, unions (at Black Hawk College there are four unions).
This sounds easy, but wait! Before you decide to become an official candidate for the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees, you need to examine the following. Are you willing to commit the time needed until the next election?
Can you commit to possibly more than 11 regular meetings and at least one overnight retreat to be held off campus? Additionally, to volunteer for other commitments as a Trustee on one or more of the following board committees held other times than meeting night?
AUDIT: Two members of the Board are required to be on a Board Audit Committee.
FOUNDATIONS: One Board member is appointed to the BHC Quad-Cities Foundation Board.
One Board member is appointed to the BHC East Foundation.
ICCTA: One Board member is appointed to the ICCTA (Illinois Community College Trustees Association) [Meetings alternating in Springfield and Chicago area].
One Board member is appointed as Alternate to the ICCTA.
ACCT: Association of Community College Trustees Congress once per year (optional).
AACC: American Association of Community Colleges (with ACCT) National Legislative
Summit in Washington, D.C. annually (optional).
AD HOC: At any time, one or more ad hoc committees may be needed for Insurance, Human
Resources, Finance, Board Policy Manual Update, etc.
Now, more things you need to ask yourself. Are any of the following why you want to be on the Board of Trustees of Black Hawk College? If so, they may help you consider whether you want to be a candidate:
• You have put children through Black Hawk College and are familiar with how the College runs.
• You graduated from BHC or worked at BHC and feel you know the ins and outs of how the College works.
• You can help see that all students receive a great higher education start at Black Hawk College.
• To give back to the community.
• Your being on board would look good on a résumé.
• For something to do.
• Just because you can.
Some of these may sound silly, but believe it or not in 17 years on the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees, I have heard them all.
Are you willing to:
• Work for no pay, no benefits of any kind (only reimbursement is for legitimate approved expenses).
• Be available for Board meetings on the third Thursday of each month?
• Attend committees to which you are appointed at the meeting times required?
If you have the time, can commit, can answer all of the above to your own satisfaction, then you will be an excellent candidate for the Board of Trustees of Black Hawk College.
*Note: Beginning in June 2011, the Board chair discontinued closed sessions except as needed.
Open session now starts at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. Any closed session will follow open session.
Black Hawk College Board of Trustees