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Kishwaukee College president gets new contract

Laurie Borowicz, president of Kishwaukee College
Laurie Borowicz, president of Kishwaukee College

MALTA – Kishwaukee College President Laurie Borowicz received a new contract set for a longer term and a $10,000 increase in salary during the Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting.

The decision passed without opposition and the president received a round of applause from the board for her work since taking the position in January 2016.

Borowicz’s original contract had her employed until June 30, 2019, at an initial salary of $175,000. The board would also make a contribution on behalf of the Borowicz to the State Universities Retirement System equal to 4 percent of her salary.

Her new contract has her employed until June 30, 2021, at an initial annual salary of $185,000. In addition, the board would make an SURS contribution equal to 8 percent of Borowicz’s annual salary.

Board Chairman Robert Johnson said that Borowicz’s first contract was conservative since she did not have any experience as a college president.

Borowicz was the vice president of student services for Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin, before becoming Kishwaukee College’s president.

“I don’t think anyone realizes a president isn’t just a job but a way of life,” Johnson said. “Borowicz has demonstrated that she is all in, and we hope she sticks around a long time, and I believe that is her intention.”

Johnson added that the new contract does not overpay her in comparison with contracts for presidents of similar-sized schools.

During a closed session last month, the board decided it was appropriate to offer Borowicz a new contract that was more reflective of the work she has put into the college.

After negotiating with Borowicz, Johnson asked an attorney to draw out a new contract that is in compliance with Illinois statutes.

“The board has been very generous to me,” Borowicz said. “We’re a great college, and we have lots of great work to do.”

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