JJC Board Welcomes New Trustees, Selects New Executive Officers

Student trustee Sante Deserio (far right) and new trustee John (Jake) Mahalik were sworn in as members of the JJC Board of Trustees on Monday, May 1.

The Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees seated new members and honored outgoing trustees at its May 1 meeting, following formal confirmation of the April 4 election results.

Four candidates ran for two two-year terms and six candidates ran for two six-year terms. At the meeting, incumbents Daniel O’Connell and Alicia Morales were confirmed as winners for the two six-year terms and Jake Mahalik and Susan Marie Klen were confirmed as winners for the two two-year terms.

Since Klen passed away on March 7, trustees voted to appoint incumbent Mike O’Connell, who garnered the most votes behind Klen, to her seat.

The board also reorganized choosing current Chairman Bob Wunderlich to continue in that role. Trustee Maureen Broderick was chosen to serve as vice chairwoman, and Trustee Mike O’Connell was chosen to serve as board secretary.

Alicia Morales (pictured left) and Dan O’Connell (pictured right) were sworn in to the JJC Board of Trustees on Monday, May 1.

Sante Deserio was seated as the 2017-2018 student trustee. The student trustee sits on the JJC Board of Trustees and works closely with Student Government to ensure the thoughts and opinions of students are represented at board meetings. Deserio is a sophomore majoring in political science with plans to pursue law school after completing his undergraduate work in May 2018.

The board also presented a posthumous award honoring the life of former Trustee Klen, who served one six-year term from 2009 to 2015. Members of Klen’s family accepted the award on her behalf, which recognized Klen’s widespread volunteer work throughout the district and her lasting impact and legacy at the college.



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