Markley, Adams and Mihelich Sworn in As JJC Trustees

Tina Markley and Barbara K. Adams were sworn in as the newest members of the Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees on Monday, May 6 along with incumbent Andy Mihelich who was sworn in for a second six-year term.Markley, Adams and Mihelich Sworn in As JJC Trustees
After votes were officially certified on April 30, Mihelich came in with 19,818 votes, Adams with 18,482 and Markley with 17,900.
Markley and Adams will replace outgoing trustees Barbara DeLaney and Dan O’Connell. DeLaney did not seek reelection, and incumbent O’Connell did not win enough votes to secure one of the three open seats.
Student Trustee Keith Bryant was also sworn in during the ceremony, continuing in the role he took on midway through the 2012-2013 academic year.
Markley, of Joliet, is an asset manager of real estate at Kensington Realty Advisors. She is a past president of Chicago Real Estate Council and is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers. Markley attended JJC, Arizona State University and Northeastern Illinois University, which she earned a bachelor’s in finance. After that, she earned a master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Adams, also of Joliet, is retired after 33 years of service as a librarian in Valley View School District 365 and as a part-time librarian at the Joliet Public Library and Lincoln Library in Springfield. She is a Joliet Township Republican Precinct Committeewoman, and belongs to a number of professional organizations, including: Joliet Area Retired Teachers’ Association, Cathedral Area Preservation Association, Illinois Retired Teachers Association and Will County Republican Women Organization. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis, and a master’s degree from National-Louis University.
“I am honored to have been elected to the JJC Board of Trustees,” said Adams. “A goal I’ve set for myself as a trustee is spending within ones’ means; being fiscally responsible and accountable for the community’s tax dollar.”
At the meeting, board members also elected the following officers for 2013-2014: Andy Mihelich, chair; Jeff May, vice chair; Sue Klen, secretary.
“No other entity in the region has a greater, more positive impact on area residents than Joliet Junior College,” said Mihelich. “Trustees thus have a huge responsibility. They need to have a vision for the future, a master plan to accomplish this vision, and a strategic focus that is responsive to students and acceptable to taxpayers. During my first term as a trustee, we initiated this process. Now as board bhair in my second term, I intend to complete our initial vision and keep JJC as the number one entity for positive impact.”
Mihelich, of Joliet, is retired after having served as the former associate vice president of extended campuses at JJC. He has studied at Illinois University, Governors State University, and University of Illinois, where he received a bachelor’s and master’s degree, in addition to an advanced certificate in education. He serves on the Concerned Citizens of Joliet Committee and Save the Joliet Murals Project.

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