A press release from Scott Summers:
SCOTT SUMMERS RUNNING FOR McHENRY COUNTY COLLEGE TRUSTEE
Harvard attorney Scott Summers has declared his candidacy for a seat on the McHenry County College Board of Trustees. The election will be held on April 7, 2015.
If chosen, Summers will commence a second term.
A trustee at the college between 2005 and 2009, he also served briefly in 2007 as board chair.
“People throughout the county have encouraged me to run again,” Scott says.
“They tell me that my past experience, along with my perspectives about the future of the college, will be especially valuable for students and taxpayers alike.”
As an MCC board member, Summers was known for his incisive commentary and expansive thinking.
But he also was at the center of controversy. In 2007, Scott and then-trustee Donna Kurtz helped lead community opposition to the construction of a minor league baseball stadium on the campus.
“It was a tumultuous time,” he recalls. “Yet we succeeded in stopping the project.
“I believe that I helped head off what would have been a multi-million dollar mistake.”
Summers will, if elected, once again bring an impressive skill set to the position.
A lawyer in private practice, he is the author of two books published by the American Bar Association. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
By way of gubernatorial appointment and state senate confirmation, Summers has served since 2013 as the public guardian and public administrator of McHenry County.
Scott believes that MCC must make fundamental changes in the ways its courses are provided.
“In order to offer quality at reasonable prices, the college must turn its delivery process inside out,” he asserts.
“Rather than continue to concentrate functions on the Crystal Lake campus, the college now must travel to its students, both physically and online.”
It is for this reason that Summers opposes the grandiose bricks-and-mortar plans now being contemplated by the college.
“A megacampus is the wrong call,” he says emphatically.
“For MCC, decentralization isn’t an option. It’s an imperative.”
Scott and his wife reside on a small farm in rural Harvard. They have two sons.
Contact information: Scott Summers and Summers for Trustee Campaign Committee