State association honors former BHC trustee

Former BHC trustee Jon Looney holding award & standing next to 2 people
Former BHC trustee Jon Looney with his ICCTA President’s Award accompanied by ICCTA president Dr. Maureen Dunne from the College of DuPage and fellow award recipient William Kelley from Harper College.

The Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) recently honored former Black Hawk College trustee Jon Looney of Kewanee at its 2023 Awards Banquet.

Looney served on the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees from April 2017-April 2023. He was the vice chair of the BHC Board of Trustees from April 2019-May 2021 and the board’s ICCTA representative from April 2019-April 2023.

He was honored June 2 with the following ICCTA awards.

ICCTA President’s Award – The ICCTA President’s Award is the only award given at the sole discretion of the current ICCTA president (Dr. Maureen Dunne from the College of DuPage). The award celebrates an unsung hero who has supported ICCTA and community colleges.

Looney served as ICCTA’s:

  • Past president (2022-23)
  • President (2020-22)
  • Vice president (2020)
  • Treasurer (2019-20)

His ICCTA committee work included:

  • Chair of the Nominating Committee
  • Co-chair of the ad hoc Dues Committee
  • Chair of the Executive Committee
  • Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Chair of the Public Relations Committee

In November 2022, the ICCTA Board of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution honoring Looney for his two years of service as ICCTA’s 49th president.

“Under President Looney’s guidance, the Trustees Association successfully navigated two leadership transitions and the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining a positive, future-oriented focus on ‘the road ahead,’” the resolution states.

“President Looney stands as a model of public service who brought honor to his home institution, Black Hawk College, through his statewide leadership,” it states.

Lifetime Membership – Community colleges may honor their outstanding and retiring board members for their service and contributions to the community college movement by awarding them an ICCTA Lifetime Membership.

Other Black Hawk College lifetime members are former trustees Dorothy Beck, Tim Black, David Emerick, Donna Frye, the late Evelyn Phillips and Steve Spivey.

Trustee Education Award – This award recognizes outstanding achievement in the area of professional development. Recipients have participated in 15 or more ICCTA seminars. Looney received the honor for the second time.