The Highland Board of Trustees is proud to announce Trustee Shawn Boldt has been elected to serve as treasurer for a second term on the Executive Board for the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA). Boldt was reelected in June.
“Being able to serve on the Executive Committee as Treasurer of the ICCTA allows me to bring large amounts of helpful information directly back to Highland,“ Boldt said. “This includes legislative updates from Springfield that may affect HCC, best practices for financial management and enrollment growth from the other 47 Illinois community colleges, and information about available grants, programs, and incentives.”
He adds: “By starting at Northeast Community College in Nebraska and using that as a springboard to the University of Nebraska, I saw early on the impact that community colleges can play in the progression of higher education. Now as a father who has seen his two children grow and flourish through their time at HCC and then move on and graduate from Illinois State University, and now follow their pursuit of master’s degrees, I firmly believe that the foundation they secured at Highland was key to their future success. As a Trustee, I am honored and energized to work tirelessly to help make sure that the same opportunity is available for any student who wants it.”
Community service is at the core of Boldt’s sense of service. He was elected to the Freeport City Council in 2001 and re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011, serving a total of 14 years. During this time, he was Chair of the Public Works Committee, Finance Committee and Committee of the Whole. Boldt recently completed seven years as Chair of Immanuel Lutheran School and Immanuel Lutheran Church — overseeing all budgeting, policy, procedure creation and implementation, hiring, discipline, terminations, communication and public outreach.
In addition, Boldt is currently in his eighth year serving as Immanuel Lutheran School’s Athletic Director and serves on the accreditation committee. Other previous public service includes serving on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the former Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency and the former Northwest Illinois Development Alliance (NIDA).
Since being elected to the Highland board, Boldt has attended the Association of Community College Trustees’ (ACCT) Annual Leadership Congress and National Legislative Summit and eagerly shares what he has learned. Most recently, he was appointed to ACCT’s Finance and Audit Committee, having previously served a one-year term on their Member Communications and Education Committee.
Photo Caption: Shawn Boldt, left, poses with fellow Highland Trustee member Pennie Groezinger.