Deanne Mazzochi will once again be taking the reins as chairwoman of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees.
Mazzochi was elected board chairwoman for the second consecutive year at the board's annual organizational meeting April 27. She previously had been elected chairwoman during the Board of Trustees' organizational meeting in April 2016.
"For the past year, Deanne Mazzochi has served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the College of DuPage during a very exciting time, overseeing the hiring of a new college president, the hiring of the in-house general counsel and hiring of a new chief financial officer and treasurer for the College of DuPage," trustee Frank Napolitano said, in nominating Mazzochi for the position. "During the last year, we have increased stakeholder involvement via working committees, as well as the Committee of the Whole meetings we now have on a regular basis. Deanne has done a great job as board chairman in the past year, and I believe she should continue to serve as chairman."
Also during the meeting, Napolitano was elected vice-chairman. Trustee Joseph Wozniak nominated himself as vice-chairman, but his motion died for lack of a second.
Three new trustees also took their seats on the board. Christine Fenne and Dan Markwell on April 4 were elected to six-year terms. In addition, newcomer Alan Bennett won a two-year seat on the board.
Richard Jarman, president of the COD Faculty Association, welcomed the three new trustees to the board.
"We look forward to working with you and the rest of the board in moving the college forward in the coming years," Jarman said.
He noted Markwell is the first full-time COD student to be elected to the board.
"I guess where academics like to encourage the students in civic engagement, evidently trustee Markwell has taken this to heart," Jarman said.
Following her re-election as chairwoman, Mazzochi told trustees she appreciated their support and reflected on her time on the board since being elected in 2015 as part of the "Clean Slate" with fellow trustees Charles Bernstein and Frank Napolitano.
"I feel very confident that we have turned a corner, that we're going to be able to respond to any challenges that arise through a professional discussion, through sharing of information and by engaging in thoughtful strategic analyses," she said.
Mazzochi also urged community members to reach out to the board members with comments or concerns.
"Your feedback is important to us, and we want to make sure we are doing the best by you," she said.