ICCTA Awards


35- and 30-Year Trustee Awards

ICCTA has created several awards to recognize our longest-serving board members. All trustees are eligible to receive these honors, which will be presented each year at ICCTA's annual convention.

35-Year Trustee Award

  • Our 2013 recipients, Marvin Scott, Robert Watson, and Frank Zuccarelli
  • Our past recipients

    30-Year Trustee Award
  • Our 2013 recipient, Barbara Walters
  • Our past recipients



    Advocacy Award

    The ICCTA Executive Committee created this special award in 2006 to honor its recipientís dedicated leadership in advocating for the needs of students and the Illinois community college system.

    Please contact ICCTA for nomination information

  • Our 2013 recipient, Dr. Peg Lee
  • Our 2012 recipient, Dr. Gayle Saunders
  • Our 2011 recipient, Dr. Jerry Weber
  • Our 2010 recipient, Dr. John Erwin
  • Our 2009 recipient, Dr. Robert Mees
  • Our 2008 recipient, Terry Bruce
  • Our 2007 recipient, Dr. Keith Miller
  • Our 2006 recipient, Dr. Alice Jacobs



    Business/Industry Partnership Award

    The Business/Industry Partnership Award recognizes an Illinois business that has built a successful workforce-training alliance with a local community college.

    Nominations are closed for 2014
    Click here for the 2014 nomination form and guidelines

  • Congratulations to our 2014 nominees
  • Our 2013 recipients, Custom Aluminum Products, Inc. and Elgin Community College
  • Our 2013 nominees
  • Our 2012 recipients, Monsanto Company and Parkland College
  • Our 2012 nominees
  • Our 2011 recipients, Provena United Samaritans Medical Center and
          Danville Area Community College
  • Our 2011 nominees
  • Our 2010 recipients, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 146
          and Richland Community College
  • Our 2010 nominees
  • Our 2009 recipients, The Joint Manufacturing Center and Black Hawk College
  • Our 2009 Honorable Mention recipients, Hesed House and Waubonsee Community
          College

  • Our 2009 nominees
  • Our 2008 recipients, Archer Daniel Midland Company and
          Richland Community College
  • Our 2008 nominees
  • Our 2007 recipients, the Chicagoland Regional College Program and
          Moraine Valley Community College

  • Our 2007 nominees
  • Our 2006 recipients, Carlisle SynTech Inc. and Kaskaskia College, and
          DaimlerChrysler Motors Company and Moraine Valley Community College
  • Our 2006 nominees
  • Our 2005 recipients, Group O and Black Hawk College
  • Our 2005 nominees
  • Our 2004 recipients, Dana Corporation and McHenry County College
  • Our 2004 nominees
  • Our 2003 recipients, ThyssenKrupp Gerlach Company and Danville Area
         Community College

  • Our 2003 nominees
  • Our 2002 recipients, North American Lighting Company and Kaskaskia College
  • Our 2002 nominees
  • Our 2001 recipients, Forsheda Engineered Seals and Kaskaskia College
  • Our 2001 nominees
  • Previous recipients



    Certificate of Merit

    The Certificate of Merit is presented to persons (usually former trustees or presidents) who have made a significant contribution to ICCTA, the Illinois system, or an individual member college. Currently serving trustees and presidents are not eligible for nomination.

    Please contact ICCTA for nomination information

  • Our 2013 recipients: Amy Bliefnick, Ted Biondo, David Carlin, Dr. Robert Ehrich,
          David LaHood, Carol Larson, Scott Lensink, Larry Littell, John Lumber, Dr. Robert
          McBride, Irene Moskal Del Giudice, Dr. John O'Keefe, Evelyn Phillips, Dr. Eric
          Radtke
    , Marvin Scott, Dr. William Simpson, Dennis Thompson, and Barbara Walters
  • Our 2012 recipients: Dr. Vernon Crawley, George Dammer, Dr. Chuck Guengerich,
          Charley Holstein, Dennis Marek, Dr. Robert Mees, Dr. Larry Peterson, Dr. Gena Proulx

          (posthumous), Dr. Robert Ritschel, Sam Wolf, and Dr. Frank Zeller
  • Our 2011 recipients: Louise Acree, Steve Ballard, Nancy Clawson, Peg Donohue,
           Dave Edmison, Mark Fazzini, Dr. Phyllis Folarin, Jerry Hagmeier, Dick Hoffman,
           John Huston, Steve Kroeger, George Lowe, John McCarthy, James Shaffer,
           Rev. Albert Tyson, Jim White, and Dr. John Wozniak

  • Our 2010 recipients: Dr. Jon Astroth, Merrill Becker, Dr. Jackie Davis, Harry Hillis, Jr.,
          and Thomas Schmidt
  • Our 2009 recipients: Cindy Brand, Carol Chiligiris, Dr. Ray Cummiskey, James Detzler,
          Robert Funderburk, Dr. Gene Gardner, Patricia Jones, Dr. Suzanne Juday, Ed Ledvina,
          Fred Leggett, James Rock, Roger Rutherford, Diane Stredde, Dr. Wayne Watson, and
          Dave Wilcoxson

  • Our 2008 recipients: Patrick Botterman (posthumous), Dr. Marguerite Boyd,
          Tim Dudley, Zerrie Campbell, Dr. Larry Choate, Mark Kern, Dr. Elmer Kirchoff,
          Dr. Brent Knight, Dr. Paul McCarthy, Dr. Keith Miller, Patricia Roach, and
          Dr. Bill Simpson

  • Our 2007 recipients: Randy Barnette, Don Barshis, Don Brewer, The Hon. Beverly
          Fawell, Craig Findley, Richard Gillette, Steve Kubiczky, Diane Landry, Dr. Dave Louis,
          Jim McFarland, Richard Nay, Janice Pearson, Dr. David Powers, Dr. Jon Satterwhite
          Dr. Mike Shirley, Shiney Thomas-Jacobs, Dean West,
    and Jerry Wright
  • Our 2006 recipients, Dr. Zelema Harris, Dr. Robert Luther, Dr. Robert Scholz,
          Dr. Gretchen Naff, Dr. Chuck Novak, J.D. Ross, Dr. John Donahue,
    and John J. Daley
  • Our 2005 recipients, Barbara Barton, John J. Daley, Kris Howard,
         Nick Kachiroubas, Dr. Richard Kolze, Franklin Walker, and Patti Wojcikowski
  • Our 2004 recipients, Dr. Wayne Chapin and Donald B. Johannes
  • Our 2003 recipients, the Hon. Philip J. Rock and the Hon. Judy Erwin
  • Our 2002 recipients, Dr. Donald G. Crist and Sharon Tarvin
  • Our 2001 recipients, Dr. Robert English and Lucy Sloan



    Distinguished Alumnus Award

    The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes the many success stories of Illinois' community college graduates. Nominees must have completed a recognized program of instruction at an Illinois public community college. Currently serving trustees and presidents are not eligible for nomination. Posthumous nominations are not eligible for submission.

    Nominations are closed for 2014
    Click here for the 2014 nomination form and guidelines

  • Congratulations to our 2014 nominees
  • Our 2013 recipient, Juan Salgado
  • Our 2013 nominees
  • Our 2012 recipient, Deborah Nelson
  • Our 2012 nominees
  • Our 2011 recipient, Larry Blackerby
  • Our 2011 nominees
  • Our 2010 recipient, Kim Gilmore
  • Our 2010 nominees
  • Our 2009 recipient, Dr. Dennis G. Hall
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  • Our 2008 recipient, Penny Panayiota Deligiannis
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  • Our 2007 recipient, Chad Pregracke
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  • Our 2006 recipient, Marija Zivanovic-Smith
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  • Our 2005 recipient, The Hon. Gerald C. Bender
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  • Our 2004 recipient, John W. Fountain
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  • Our 2003 recipient, Peggy Kirby
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  • Our 2002 recipient, Eric Donaldson
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  • Our 2001 recipient, Karen Keasler
  • Our 2001 nominees
  • Previous recipients



    Equity and Diversity Award

    The Equity and Diversity Award recognizes exemplary commitment by an Illinois public community college board and its chief executive officer to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion in the college's education programs.

    Nominations are closed for 2014
    Click here for the 2014 nomination form and guidelines

  • Congratulations to our 2014 nominees
  • Our 2012 recipient, Waubonsee Community College
  • Our 2011 recipient, Kaskaskia College
  • Our 2010 recipient, Oakton Community College
  • Our 2010 nominees



    Gandhi/King Peace Scholarship

    The Gandhi/King Peace Scholarship provides a $500 scholarship to the student who best articulates the peaceful messages of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This award has been endowed by Oakton Community College trustee Jody Wadhwa and the Wadhwa Foundation. All currently enrolled students at ICCTA member colleges are eligible to participate; however, each college may submit only one entry per academic year.

    Nominations are closed for 2014
    Click here for the 2014 nomination form and guidelines



    Gary W. Davis Ethical Leadership Award

    The Gary W. Davis Ethical Leadership Award honors individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the pursuit and support of ethical leadership and decision-making in their fields of work and volunteer service.

    Nominations are closed for 2014
    Please contact ICCTA for nomination information

  • Our 2012 recipient, The Hon. Wiley Edmondson
  • Our 2011 recipient, The Hon. Gary Dahl
  • Our 2011 nominees
  • Our 2008 recipients, Steve Kubiczky and Linden Warfel
  • Our 2007 recipient, The Hon. George Van Dusen
  • Our 2007 nominees
  • Our 2006 recipient, Bruce L. Conners
  • Our 2006 nominees
  • Our 2005 recipient, Dr. Gary W. Davis



    Gigi Campbell Student Trustee Excellence Award

    The Gigi Campbell Student Trustee Excellence Award recognizes the system's outstanding student board members. Only student trustees who are currently serving on the board of an Illinois public community college are eligible for nomination.

    Nominations are closed for 2014
    Click here for the 2014 nomination form and guidelines

  • Congratulations to our 2014 nominees
  • Our 2013 recipient, Theresa Bashiri-Remetio
  • Our 2013 nominees
  • Our 2012 recipient, Kiersten Kasey
  • Our 2012 nominees
  • Our 2011 recipients: Blake Leitch, Mandy Little, and Natalie Richardson
  • Our 2011 nominees
  • Our 2010 recipient, Cody Sheriff
  • Our 2010 nominees
  • Our 2009 recipient, Andrea Andrada
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  • Our 2008 recipient, Elizabeth Kunkel
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  • our 2007 recipients, Ramon Albino and Brandon Smith
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  • Our 2006 recipient, Jason Wallace
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  • Our 2005 recipient, Meghan Kennedy
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  • Our 2004 recipient, Carlos Vale
  • Our 2004 nominees
  • Our 2003 recipient, Nathan Goebel
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  • Our 2002 recipient, Wyatt Shelato
  • Our 2002 nominees
  • Our 2001 recipient, David Moore
  • Our 2001 nominees
  • Previous recipients



    Honorary Membership

    As the association's highest award, ICCTA Honorary Membership is reserved for those individuals who have established the very highest standard of service and who have clearly benefitted the entire Illinois community college system. Currently serving trustees and presidents are not eligible for nomination.

    Please contact ICCTA for nomination information

  • Our 2013 recipient, Geoffrey Obrzut
  • Our 2011 recipient, Robert Gaffner
  • Our 2010 recipients, Dick Dystrup, Leland Glazebrook and Mary Nolan
  • Our 2009 recipients, Dr. Gary W. Davis and Dr. D. Wayne Green
  • Our 2007 recipient, Roger Tuttle
  • Our 2005 recipient, Virginia McMillan
  • Our 2004 recipient, Mary Karasek
  • Our 2002 recipient, Ray Hartstein
  • Our 2001 recipient, Dr. Larry Huffman
  • Previous recipients



    John M. Lewis Outstanding Legislator Award

    The John M. Lewis Award is presented to an elected official who demonstrates, through his or her exemplary public service, recognition of the importance of higher education to society. The award is named after John M. Lewis, the founding president of ICCTA and the Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees.

  • Our 2010 recipient, State Rep. William Black
  • Our 2006 recipient, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin
  • Our 2005 recipient, Sen. Emil Jones, Jr.



    Meritorious Service Award

    This honor is given to elected/appointed officials and other friends of community colleges who have contributed to the advancement of the Trustees Association and community college education in Illinois. Currently serving trustees and presidents are not eligible for nomination.

    Please contact ICCTA for nomination information

  • Our 2013 recipient, Carrie Hightman
  • Our 2012 recipients, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and William Mabe
  • Our 2011 recipient, Warren Ribley
  • Our 2010 recipient, Judy Erwin
  • Our 2009 recipient, Suzanne Morris
  • Our 2008 recipients, Dr. John Donahue, U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, Bill Naegele, and the
          Outdoor Advertising Association of Illinois
  • Our 2007 recipient, Geoffrey Obrzut
  • Our 2006 recipients: Guy Alongi and James Kaplan
  • Our 2005 recipient, The Hon. Denny Jacobs
  • Our 2004 recipients, Edward T. Duffy, Anne Ladky, and Joseph J. Neely
  • Our 2003 recipients, James Lumber, Eleanor McGuan-Boza, and Dr. Michael Murphy
  • Our 2002 recipient, Dr. Keith Sanders
  • Our 2001 recipient, Dr. Joseph Cipfl



    Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member Award

    The Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member Award recognizes the high achievement of Illinois' full-time community college instructors.

    Nominations are closed for 2014
    Click here for the 2014 nomination form and guidelines

  • Congratulations to our 2014 nominees
  • Our 2013 recipient, David Wilson
  • Our 2013 nominees
  • Our 2012 recipient, Sally Fairbank
  • Our 2012 nominees
  • Our 2011 recipient, Robert Remedi
  • Our 2011 nominees
  • Our 2010 recipient, Dr. Wendy Brown
  • Orr 2010 nominees
  • Our 2009 recipient, Jay Cohen
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  • Our 2008 recipient, J.C. Malitzke
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  • Our 2007 recipient, Jane Wu
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  • Our 2006 recipient, Kathy Sturgeon
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  • Our 2005 recipient, David C. Leake
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  • Our 2004 recipient, Dr. Kent Johnson
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  • Our 2003 recipient, John Hoagland
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  • Our 2002 recipient, Dr. Joan Ferrell
  • Our 2002 nominees
  • Our 2001 recipient, Dr. Erika Hartmann
  • Our 2001 nominees
  • Previous recipients



    Outstanding Legislator Award

    Each year ICCTA honors select members of the Illinois General Assembly for their continuing support of the Illinois community college system. Each of these recipients has a special connection to Illinois community colleges.

  • Our 2013 recipients, State Sen. Michael Frerichs and State Rep. Robert Pritchard
  • Our 2010 recipients, State Sen. Edward Maloney and State Rep. Robert Pritchard
  • Our 2007 recipient, U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean
  • Our 2006 recipients, State Sen. Debbie Halvorson and State Rep. Bill Black



    Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Member Award

    The Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Member Award recognizes the high achievement of Illinois' part-time community college instructors.

    Nominations are closed for 2014
    Click here for the 2014 nomination form and guidelines

  • Congratulations to our 2014 nominees
  • OUr 2013 recipient, Steve McLaughlin
  • Our 2013 nominees
  • Our 2012 recipient, Joseph Fatheree
  • Our 2012 nominees
  • Our 2011 recipients, Crystal Kerwin, Sheri Langendorf, and Dr. Scott Lingenfelter
  • Our 2011 nominees
  • Our 2010 recipient, Ronald B. Kowalczyk
  • Our 2010 nominees



    Paul Simon Student Essay Contest

    The Paul Simon Student Essay Contest provides a one-time $500 scholarship to the student who best describes "How My Community College Has Changed My Life." All currently enrolled students at ICCTA member colleges are eligible to participate; however, each ICCTA member college may enter only one student essay in the statewide competition each year.

    Nominations are closed for 2014
    > Click
    here for the 2014 essay contest guidelines

  • Our 2013 winning essayist Nada Omer
  • Our 2013 Honorable Mention essayist Jacob Poor
  • Our 2013 entrants
  • Our 2012 winning essay by Rebecca Hines
  • Our 2012 Honorable Mention essay by Siegfried "Siggi" Schroth
  • Our 2012 entrants
  • Our 2011 winning essay by Tracy Knotek
  • Our 2011 Honorable Mention essay by Zakiyyah Ali
  • Our 2011 entrants
  • Our 2010 winning essay by Kathi Miller
  • Our 2010 entrants
  • Our 2009 winning essay by Favian Apata
  • Our 2009 entrants
  • Our 2008 winning essay by Eric Essen
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  • Our 2007 winning essay by Christine Pemberton
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  • Our 2006 winning essay by Peggy Michael
  • Our 2006 entrants
  • Our 2005 winning essay by Joyce Woo
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  • Our 2004 winning essay by Julie Stoneburner
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  • Our 2003 winning essay by Lorelei Blackburn
  • Our 2003 entrants
  • Our 2002 winning essay by Alexandra Spiers
  • Our 2002 entrants
  • Our 2001 winning essay by Laurie Reeves
  • Our 2001 entrants
  • Our 2000 winning essay by Nanelle Norcross
  • Previous recipients



    Professional Board Staff Member Award

    The Professional Board Staff Member Award recognizes exemplary professional service to an Illinois community college board.

    Nominations are closed for 2014
    Click here for the 2014 nomination form and guidelines

  • Congratulations to our 2014 nominees
  • Our 2013 recipient, Lyla Chandy
  • Our 2013 nominees
  • Our 2012 recipient, Jeanne Hayden
  • Our 2012 nominees



    Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award

    The Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award recognizes exemplary service by a currently serving community college board member. Former trustees are not eligible for nomination.

    Nominations are closed for 2014
    Click here for the 2014 nomination form and guidelines

  • Congratulations to our 2014 nominees
  • Our 2013 recipient, Dr. Tom Bennett
  • Our 2013 nominees
  • Our 2012 recipient, David W. Harby
  • Our 2012 nominees
  • Our 2011 recipient, Kathy Wessel
  • Our 2011 nominees
  • Our 2010 recipient, Jake Rendleman
  • Our 2010 nominees
  • Our 2009 recipient, Dr. Clare Ollayos
  • Our 2008 recipient, Jim Beasley
  • Our 2008 nominees
  • Our 2007 recipient, James Tyree
  • Our 2006 recipient, Linden A. Warfel
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  • Our 2005 recipient, Joan B. Hall
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  • Our 2004 recipient, James L. Ayers
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  • Our 2003 recipient, John Ahern
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  • Our 2002 recipient, John Duffy
  • Our 2002 nominees
  • Our 2001 recipient, Dave Maguire
  • Previous recipients



    Trustee Education Award

    The ICCTA Board of Representatives created this award in 1992 to recognize outstanding achievement in the area of professional development. Recipients of this honor have participated in 15 or more ICCTA seminars.

  • Our 2013 recipients
  • Our 2012 recipients
  • Our 2011 recipients
  • Our 2010 recipients
  • Our 2009 recipients
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    Discontinued Awards

    College Bowl

    Nicknamed "the varsity sport of the mind," College Bowl features fast-paced question-and-answer competitions between teams of students. Statewide College Bowl tournaments were co-sponsored by ICCTA and the Illinois Community College Student Activities Association from 1993 to 2008.

  • Our 2008 winner, Illinois Central College
  • Our 2007 winner, Joliet Junior College
  • Our 2006 winner, Joliet Junior College
  • Our 2005 winner, John A. Logan College
  • Our 2004 winner, Prairie State College
  • Our 2003 winner, Kaskaskia College
  • Our 2002 winner, Morton College
  • Our 2001 winner, Joliet Junior College
  • Previous winners

    Lifelong Learning Award

    The Lifelong Learning Award celebrates the accomplishments of Illinois' community college students over the ago of 50 who have used their community college as a resource on multiple occasions. This award was discontinued in 2010.

  • Congratulations to our 2009 recipient, John McDowell
  • Congratulations to our 2009 nominees
  • Our 2008 recipient, Penelope Cameron
  • Our 2008 nominees
  • Our 2007 recipient, Evelyn McKenna
  • Our 2007 nominees
  • Our 2006 recipient, Margot McAfoos
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  • Our 2005 recipient, Sam Cordero
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  • Our 2004 recipient, Lester F. Catlin
  • Our 2004 nominees
  • Previous recipients

    Pacesetter Award

    The Pacesetter Award recognizes the accomplishments of Illinois' more recent community college graduates. Nominees must have completed a recognized program of instruction at an Illinois public community college. This award was combined with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010.

  • Congratulations to our 2009 recipient, Amber Edwards
  • Congratulations to our 2009 nominees
  • Our 2008 recipient, Anna Kesler
  • Our 2008 nominees
  • Our 2007 recipient, Gabriel Smith
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  • Our 2006 recipient, Katie Hopkins
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  • Our 2005 recipient, Jill Tomaszewski
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  • Our 2004 recipient, Bonita Bear
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  • Our 2003 recipient, Lisandra Martinez
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  • Our 2002 recipient, Raymond Connolly
  • Our 2002 nominees
  • Our 2001 recipient, Lynette Gage
  • Our 2001 nominees
  • Previous recipients



    For additional information on ICCTA's awards program, please contact Kim Villanueva at 1-800-454-2282, ext. 1.


  • Illinois Community College Trustees Association
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