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Kishwaukee College seeks a new trustee

MALTA – Kishwaukee College is looking to fill a vacancy on its board of trustees. Mark Pietrowski Jr. resigned this month to focus on his responsibilities as a DeKalb County Board member.

Pietrowski was more than halfway through his six-year term on the Kishwaukee College board when he was elected to the DeKalb County Board from District 3 in November. His successor will fill the remainder of his term, which ends in April 2015.

Those interested in the position must be 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and a resident of District 523 for a minimum of one year. Applications, which are available at kishwaukeecollege.edu, must be submitted by 3 p.m. Jan. 2.

Kishwaukee College President Tom Choice said Pietrowski was an outstanding board member and will be missed, but was hopeful an equally enthusiastic applicant would surface.

He said no applications have been submitted. Choice said it is the first time a board member has resigned during his six years as the college’s president.

“This is the first time it has happened in a while,” Choice said. “I called around to other colleges to see how they have handled it.”

Choice said the applicant should be prepared to attend the board’s monthly meetings and special sessions two or three times each year. He said there also are bi-monthly statewide meetings that college board members can attend if they wish.

Pietrowski, who now works at Northern Illinois University, earned an associate degree at Kishwaukee College in 2003 before transferring to NIU.

“I wanted to have an opportunity to give back to the college that helped give me a break and provided an affordable, high-quality education,” he said. “I thought it was important to have an alum of the college on the board and wanted to be part of a group of community members moving the college forward.”

Pietrowski also serves as chairman for the DeKalb County Democrats.

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