JALC Board Chair Recognized
for 40 Years of Service
June 22, 2016
By STEVE O’KEEFE
John A. Logan College Board of Trustee Chairman Don Brewer was recently recognized by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association for over 40 years of service as a member of the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees.
Brewer was first elected to the board in 1973, serving until 2007 when he decided to not seek re-election. In 2011 he was re-elected to a six year term, and in 2015 he was elected by his colleagues to serve a two-year term as Board Chairman, marking an unprecedented 17 years that he has served at the helm of the board.
During his time on the board, Brewer has had the unique qualification of serving with every president in the history of the college and with all but four board members. That type of experience is valuable to current JALC President Dr. Ron House.
“I can’t begin to tell you how valuable it is to have a board member that began his service here when the first president of the college was still in office. If there is anything said for continuity, you can’t beat that,” House said. “That type of experience and knowledge of the college’s history is invaluable when you talk about the past and work to plan for the future.”
For Brewer, a former regional superintendent for Jackson and Perry Counties, his time on the board has been about the people he has served and served with.
“I have had the pleasure to serve with every president in the history of the college and some of the most outstanding board members you will find anywhere,” Brewer said. “We haven’t always agreed, but the work we have done to build John A. Logan College into one of the top community colleges in the state and nation for the people of this district has made it all worthwhile.”