Wright, Tom


MATTOON -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees is scheduled to consider two candidates to fill a vacancy on the board at its regular monthly meeting on Monday.

The candidates who submitted application materials by the May 28 deadline were Mike Defend of Effingham and Tom Wright of Dieterich. Defend is president and CEO of Crossroads Bank in Effingham. Wright is president of Wright's Furniture & Flooring in Dieterich. Both candidates are alumni of Lake Land.

Following the regular business items on the agenda for the meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the administration center, the board will go into closed session to discuss the selection of a person to fill the board seat vacancy. Then, the board will return to open session and approve a candidate to fill the vacancy. The individual selected will take his seat at the July 15 board meeting.

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The vacancy was created in May with the resignation of Ann Deters of Effingham as a trustee.

Prospective candidates were required to submit materials explaining their reasons for seeking the appointment, and qualifications and experience in other areas that may enhance public policy or decision-making A candidate must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older, and an Illinois and a Lake Land district resident for one year immediately preceding election to be eligible

The individual selected by the board to fill the vacancy will serve until the next consolidated election in April of 2021.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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