Illinois Central College conducted its yearly organization at its May 4 meeting, seating newly-elected Frank H. Mackaman of Pekin as its new board of trustees member, Rachael DeLost as student representative, and seating Mike Everett of Washington to a new term. Mackaman replaces outgoing trustee Katherine Coyle.
Everett, who is president of the West Central Illinois Labor Council, completes a two-year term from his 2013 election. Both Mackaman and Everett begin six-year terms within ICC District 514.
Mackaman graduated from Drake University in Iowa with bachelor’s degrees in U.S. History and Geography, and a master’s degree in U.S. History and a doctorate in U.S. Diplomatic History from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He has been on staff at the Dirksen Congressional Center since 1995, following more than eight years as director of the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum.
He is active in the community, serving as mayor of the city of Pekin from 2005 to 2007 and as interim city manager in 2011. He has served on the Pekin Community High School Board of Education and chaired Pekin Hospital’s Board of Trustees, the Pekin Hospital Foundation, and the Community Relations Board of the Federal Correctional Institution. He has taught courses on Congress and the American presidency at Bradley University and the University of Michigan.
Mackaman said he considers it a privilege to serve on the ICC Board of Trustees.
“As a trustee, I have a responsibility to the students, faculty, staff, and taxpayers to manage the college’s programs and resources to achieve the most effective outcomes,” he said. “This means adopting the long view rather than reacting prematurely to short-term developments, understanding the evolving needs of students, of the community, and of the college and recognizing the value of investing in continuous improvement designed to achieve excellence.”
The next ICC Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, at 3 pm, on the ICC East Peoria Campus.