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Highland Trustee honored by Illinois Community College Trustees Association

Photo of Fritz Larsen honoring Jim Endress

Jim Endress, Highland Community College trustee, was recently honored for serving a one-year term as president of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) during the 2017-2018 year. At the September 15 meeting of ICCTA, held at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, IL, Endress was honored with a resolution recognizing his leadership as president, which included lobbying the Illinois General Assembly for sufficient operating funds for the state’s community colleges.

Endress was also honored for contributions to ICCTA, including:

  • Promotion of a variety of professional activities for trustees
  • Distribution of a leadership training DVD
  • Making strides toward the development of a multi-year strategic plan
  • Opening up new opportunities for ICCTA members’ involvement with conference call-ins and one-day board meetings on college campuses
  • Strengthening ICCTA partnerships with the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents, the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and the Association of Community College Trustees

“President Endress stands as a model of public service who brought honor to his home institution, Highland Community College, through his leadership of ICCTA,” said Fritz Larsen, current president of ICCTA.

Endress, who has also served as past treasurer and vice president of ICCTA, said, “I am humbled and honored to have been selected by my peers to serve ICCTA and its membership. As immediate past president, I will continue serving on the executive committee for another year. I will remain actively involved in ICCTA, along with 10 active past presidents. Together we have a lot of history and wisdom to share with ICCTA and the community college trustees it serves.”

Endress has served on the Highland Board of Trustees since 2007. He lives in Shannon, Ill. with his wife, Deborah.

Photo caption: ICCTA President Fritz Larsen, left, presents Jim Endress with a resolution honoring him for his years of service to the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.