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April 9, 2014

Board seats new trustee

INA — The Rend Lake College Board of Trustees Tuesday approved naming Eli Liske as the new student trustee to the board.

Prior to the vote, board members said good-bye to outgoing student trustee Haden Smith, who will graduate from RLC this May. Smith thanked the board members for helping him during his term.

“It’s been a very good experience,” Smith said.

Liske, 19, an agriculture student, said he looks forward to learning a great deal while serving on the board. He was officially seated as student trustee at Tuesday night’s meeting of the RLC Board.

“I’m really excited to be on the board,” Liske said. “I kind of know what it takes to run a farm so I’m kind of interested to see what it takes to run a college. … Whatever makes the college succeed is A-OK in my book.”

RLC President Terry Wilkerson praised both Smith and Liske, and said the student trustees offer a valuable perspective.

“It’s good to have a student trustee, they give you perspective on the campus and that viewpoint,” Wilkerson said. “As we’re trying to make decisions on what’s good for the students, it’s nice to have a student there at the table also, saying that this is a good fit or it isn’t a good fit.”

Student trustees serve for a one-year term. All the students on campus have a chance to vote for their trustee.

The recent trustee vote took place in late February, early March, and Liske’s victory was announced last month.

Also on Tuesday, the RLC Board received a report on how the college performed at last week’s Illinois SkillsUSA Championships in Springfield.

RLC student Chris Miles of Mt. Vernon received a first place gold medal in the technical CAD drafting category.

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