Former CLC employee appointed to college board
Julie Shroka, a Grayslake resident and former 30-year College of Lake County employee, was appointed Tuesday night to fill the college board seat left vacant when Philip Carrigan resigned for personal reasons last month.
Shroka was one of 25 Lake County residents who applied to fill the vacancy. Board Chairman Richard Anderson and Vice Chairwoman Catherine Finger reviewed the applications and recommended Shroka to the full board.
Anderson said they were impressed by the field of applicants, but in the end nobody else had Shroka's experience with CLC.
"She has the respect of many people at the college," he said.
Shroka worked for 13 years as a student recruiter at CLC and 17 years as the director of alumni relations and special events for the school's foundation.
Shroka said she didn't know when she went to the board's meeting Tuesday night that Anderson and Finger were going to recommend her for the post.
"It's an honor to continue to serve the College of Lake County," she said.
Shroka ran for the CLC board in April but finished in third in a race for two seats.
Her appointment comes about a month sooner than originally planned. When he announced Carrigan's resignation on Sept. 19, Anderson said a replacement was unlikely to be nominated before Tuesday's meeting.
But board members sped up the process because they expect a busy November and December interviewing candidates for the vacant college president job, Anderson said.
Shroka believes hiring a new president is the most important job of the board and said she is glad to be part of it.
"In 30 years I think I saw seven or eight presidents," Shroka said. "I have a really good sense of what type of skills and what type of president would be good for the community, the college and the students."
Shroka's term on the board will expire in April 2019. She said she doesn't know whether she will run for another term at that time.
"This is great because I'm getting an opportunity to be on the board and see how it goes," she said. "If I feel that I'm contributing and I'm doing a good job, then, yes, I would definitely be running again."