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Office sought: College Of DuPage School Board (6-year Terms)
Family: Married to Beth, have two daughters (7) and (4) and a son due in June 2013.
Occupation: Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff, Office of the Illinois State Treasurer
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Political Science, Augustana College
Civic involvement: Naperville Sunrise Rotary, Treasurer (2008-2009) Naperville Sunrise Foundation, Treasurer (2009-2010) United Way of DuPage/West Cook, Board of Directors (2008-2010) Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Member (2002-2010) Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce, Former Member Woodridge Area Chamber of Commerce, Former Member
Elected offices held: College of DuPage Trustee Republican Precinct Committee, Lisle Township
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
I'll work to further strengthen the College's financial position.
Key Issue 2
I'll work to ensure that College of DuPage continues to offer a high quality education and curriculum which meets the needs of our community.
Key Issue 3
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The college last year engaged in a lengthy legal battle with the village of Glen Ellyn over local building codes and jurisdictional matters. As a board member, what would you do to avoid such lengthy conflicts in the future.
I'll work to lobby the Illinois General Assembly to clarify vague language within statue that leads to jurisdictional disputes between taxing entities.
What steps should COD take to improve its relationship with the faculty?
The College of DuPage has a great relationship with its faculty but its relationship with the faculty union was strained during recent contract negotiations. I'll work to mend those strained relations through increased conversation and collaboration.
In tough economic times, many students (and working professionals) turn to a community college for its educational value. How do you ensure that a person's financial sacrifice results in an educational benefit?
The College must continually evaluate its offerings to ensure that students are getting a high quality education.
Is a tax rate increase needed and, if so, how do you justify it?
No, a tax rate increase is not necessary because of difficult decisions made by the Board of Trustees in recent years. I'll continue to look out for the interests of District 502 taxpayers.
Community colleges provide many services to a diverse population. Is there a service your college should be providing that it is not, or reaching a segment of the population that it is not?
College of DuPage has comprehensive offerings and is doing an excellent job meeting the needs of our community.