Recently elected McHenry County Trustee Mike Smith of Lakewood was elected President of the College Board by a 4-3 vote.
He replaced his April running mate Ron Parrish, who sought re-election to the Board Presidency, being nominated by newly-sworn in running mate Karen Tirio.
Cynthia Kisser nominate Smith and Linda Liddell seconded the motion.
Parrish and Smith running mate Tirio nominated Parrish. The nomination was seconded by Chris Jenner, who won election on a slate with Tom Wilbeck two years ago. When Wilbeck moved out of the district, Smith was appointed.
“I third the nomination of Mike Smith,” Student Trustee Jason Memmen added.
In public comment before the selecting, incoming Bull Valley Village President Emily Berendt made a pitch for Parrish, whom she said had put not only the junior college, but Bull Valley back on an even keel.
Those voting for Smith were Kisser, Liddell, Smith and Walsh. Student Trustee Memmen cast an advisory vote for Smith as well.
Supporting the re-election of Parrish were Jenner, Parrish and Tirio.
The vote was the same for Vice Chairman, where Linda Liddell will continue to hold the office.
Parrish was nominated by Tirio and he received the same three votes as before.
Jenner out polled Walsh for Board Secretary with Smith and the Student Trustee support.
Jenner insisted that the vote for Board attorneys be separated.
He and Tirio voted against Robbins, Schwartz.
They did not say why.
Molly Walsh suggested the need for an ongoing Audit Committee given the problems that the College of DuPage is going through.
The Board formed a Finance/Audit Committee, the scope of which and membership will be determined later this month.