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McGuire offers positive outlook during last meeting as COD trustee

McGuire, Birt, Olsen step down from board following April 4 election

College of DuPage
College of DuPage

During her last meeting as a College of DuPage trustee, Dianne McGuire – who frequently butted heads with her fellow trustees – chose to focus on some of the college's accomplishments.

McGuire, who was elected to the board in 2011, did not run for re-election April 4, joining fellow trustee Erin Birt in that decision. McGuire and Birt frequently disagreed with "Clean Slate" trustees Deanne Mazzochi, Charles Bernstein and Frank Napolitano, who voted to fire embattled COD President Robert Breuder. McGuire was the sole trustee to vote against his termination, while Birt was absent from that meeting.

At her final meeting April 20, McGuire in particular applauded the work of the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at COD.

"The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy graduations are always inspiring, and I was privileged to speak at one of them," McGuire said. "It was so inspiring to see the young folks – for the most part – coming across that stage. Many times, they are pinned by family members who are also in law enforcement. That was a great experience."

She also lauded the Lakeside Pavilion at COD's McAninch Arts Center.

"Those particular concerts for the community are so well-attended and so much fun," McGuire said. "The community loves those concerts."

She also commended the work of the College of DuPage Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community.

At the same time, she acknowledged her criticism of the Clean Slate trustees.

"For the last three years, well, the last two years in particular, I've been the voice of dissent with others on this board," McGuire said. "And I've expressed my views on many, many occasions... But I wanted to thank you all for being with me on this journey as well. I want to thank the voters who supported me. It's been an honor to serve this community."

Birt, who was elected to the board in 2011, was absent from the meeting.

The meeting also was the last for David Olsen, who was appointed to the two-year seat in February 2016 following the resignation of former board Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton. He did not run for the seat. In November 2016, he won his race for state representative in the 81st District.

"As trustee McGuire mentioned, we've encountered some disagreement amongst the stakeholders, amongst board members, sometimes even vehement disagreement," Olsen said. "But I think the thoughtful debate has concluded and benefited decisions that have improved conditions and this institution as a whole. With the perspective only the passage of time brings, it was fruitful, useful and productive."

The board approved resolutions of appreciation for McGuire, Birt, Olsen and outgoing student trustee Luzelena Escamilla.

On April 4, Christine Fenne and Dan Markwell were elected to six-year terms on the board, beating out fellow candidate Taso Triantafillos.

Alan Bennett, who ran unopposed, won the open two-year seat.

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