INA – Ed Cunningham stepped down as chairman of the Rend Lake College Board of Trustees at Tuesday night’s meeting.
The former CEO of Crossroads Community Hospital had served as RLC Board chairman for a little over a month. He had been a board member for more than five years.
Cunningham said resigning was a difficult but necessary decision since he is moving out of the area. In March, he joined Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City and will move to Edwardsville July 22.
“Once I sold my home, I no longer have a right to be on this board per the law,” Cunningham said. “It’s not something I wanted to do, but (I had) no choice.”
Cunningham said he thought his new job might conflict with his chairmanship, but that he was obligated to lead the board, even if it was only for a short time.
“It was part of a transition. I was already lined up to be chairman before this ever came up,” Cunningham said. “It’s tough. I mean, this is the third time I’ve lived in Mt. Vernon. This is kind of home to my wife and I.”
RLC Board Member Bryan Drew, who was not at Tuesday’s meeting, was appointed the new board chairman. The board also named a new member: physician David Asbery.
Asbery said he’s been very impressed with the RLC campus and had expressed interest in helping out the college. When he was approached about serving on the board, he thought that was an ideal way to lend a hand.
“I said, ‘whatever I can do to serve, that’s the most important thing,’” Asbery said. “I’m very excited. It actually is a much better facility than what I even dreamed of.”
The vast size of the RLC campus, in particular, came as a pleasant surprise to Asbery.
“The word ‘community college’ is very misrepresenting for this facility,” Asbery said. “Where I’m from, a community college was a room in the middle of a field.”
Though he was sad to call it quits, Cunningham said he is leaving the board “in great hands.”
“We’ve got good people,” Cunningham said of the board. “We’ve got young and old. We’ve got strong businessmen, strong farmers (and) strong teachers.”
Other RLC Board actions Tuesday included:
n Approval of the sale of obsolete materials.
n Approval of a memorandum of understanding between RLC District #521 and Indiana Wesleyan University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program.
n Approval of the Resource Allocation Management Plan (RAMP).
n Approval of bids for asphalt pavement sealing and striping at the Ina Campus and at the MarketPlace.
n Appointment of a business office/human resources specialist, a public information specialist and a business office accountant.