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Olivero will step down from IVCC Board; Federal agency where she works called for resignation

Melissa Olivero
Melissa Olivero

OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College trustee Melissa Olivero of Peru will resign from the board effective July 11.

Olivero was elected to two six-year terms in April 2009 and April 2015, and served as board chairwoman from May 2013 through April 2017.

IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said the board has 60 days from the July 11 meeting to appoint a successor to fill the remaining two years of Olivero’s term. After that meeting, IVCC will announce procedures for applying for the opening. 

In a letter to the board dated June 21, Olivero said, “It is with deep regret that I resign my position on the IVCC Board of Trustees, effective as of the July 2019 board meeting. As you know, I am an employee of a federal agency. The agency has recently conducted a review of outside employment positions held by its employees, including unpaid positions, and has strongly recommended that I resign from the board.”

Olivero, an administrative law judge, concluded the letter saying: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years on the board. I am proud of the many accomplishments of the college and its faculty, administration, and staff. 

“The board has faced some very challenging situations during my term, and we have always faced them with integrity, thoughtfulness and honesty.

“I am humbled that the citizens of the district twice elected me to represent their interests on the board. I hope the board will consider selecting the next board member from the LaSalle-Peru area.”

IVCC board chairwoman Jane Goetz said: “Trustee Olivero will definitely be missed. Over the past 10 years, she continually provided positive leadership and wise guidance to the benefit of students, staff, faculty, administration and the citizens of the district.”

Corcoran, now in his 11th year as president, said: “No one has been more loyal or shown more leadership than Melissa. Sitting next to her when she was chair for four years was one of the highlights of my life.”

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