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 third consecutive year at the board's annual organizational meeting April 19. Mazzochi was elected to the board for a six-year term in April 2015 and served as vice chairwoman before being named acting chairwoman in December of that year. In April 2016, Mazzochi was elected for her first full-year term as chairwoman of the board.
"We've spent the last few years really building a foundation," Mazzochi said. "I look forward to having yet another good year."
Mazzochi is running against Elmhurst resident James "Jim" Caffrey, a Democrat, in November for Illinois' 47th House District seat. She ran unopposed in March in the Republican primary.
If she wins the election, she would not take her seat until January 2019, and the next COD board officer election would be in April or May 2019.
"I do not believe it would be in the best interests of the college under those circumstances for me to continue to serve in dual roles for a lengthy period of time," Mazzochi said in an email. "That said, I do not have at this time any details for the specific timing of a resignation and/or filling a seat (cross that bridge if and when we get to it). Ultimately, I'll need to see where we are; my fundamental goal as to COD would be to ensure that there is a smooth transition so that the college does not experience a lag time in any business that needs to be accomplished."
Also at the meeting, Sonia Paul of Naperville was sworn in as the new student trustee on the board.
"She is up to the challenge, she's curious and she is excited to make a meaningful contribution," said Mazzochi, in welcoming Paul to the board. "Over the past several years, the board has been very blessed by our student trustees. One of the things they have all shared is that they have come to the board taking their duties extremely seriously, they've put in an incredible time commitment for an unpaid position and they've come ready to learn and engage and help make this place a better institution for our students."
In addition, trustee Frank Napolitano was appointed to a second consecutive one-year term as board vice chairman and trustee Christine Fenne was elected to a second term as board secretary.