Board of Trustees

April 23, 2018

The Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees bid farewell to outgoing Student Trustee, Phil Oliver, at their meeting on Tuesday, April 10. Oliver was elected as Student Trustee to the BOT in April 2017 and has served out his term. At the meeting, the BOT also seated incoming Student Trustee Johnathan Prose from Oregon, IL.

Oliver is a native of the Carpentersville area and a graduate of Dundee-Crown High School. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army eventually serving two one-year tours in Afghanistan. After his discharge in 2016, he relocated to DeKalb, following a friend who was attending Northern Illinois University. Oliver chose to attend Kish to begin his college career and will be transferring into the engineering program at NIU after graduation. His long-term goal is to be an Electrical Engineer.

In addition to being Student Trustee, Oliver is the President of the Alpha Rho Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success, and an Eboard member for the Ping Pong Club.

Oliver said, “I learned a lot while I was the Student Trustee. What I took from the experience the most was the fact that all of the leadership care very deeply for the students at this college. I felt incredibly humbled to be on the receiving end of that care. This, I believe, is what makes Kish a very unique institution. I want to thank the College and the Board for giving me the opportunity to serve as Student Trustee.”


February 28, 2018

The Kishwaukee College 2017 Annual Report to the Community is now available online at

The 2017 Annual Report to the Community details the demographic, financial and other valuable information about the College, its programs, students and staff. The Report also includes financial information on the Kishwaukee College Foundation. This information is shared annually in a spirit of complete transparency with the local tax-payers who support the College.

The 2017 Annual Report to the Community is being provided in an online format that saves on printing and publication costs. Any community member who would prefer a printed copy can call Marketing and Public Relations at 815-825-9509 to request a copy.

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October 27, 2017

Kishwaukee College has been cited by Sikich, the college’s independent auditor, for a successful and clean financial audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.  A Comprehensive Annual Financial Report(CAFR) is compiled and submitted annually by Kishwaukee College. The College’s CAFR will be submitted to the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada (GFOA) for review.

Kishwaukee College has a history of award winning CAFRs and has received the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting award from the GFOA every year since 2012 when the College first submitted a CAFR. Kevin Fuss, Vice President of Administration, and Jill Hansen, Controller, compiled the FY2017 CAFR. Hansen stated, “The CAFR goes beyond the minimum financial reporting requirements to improve transparency for the public as they evaluate the economic condition of the College.”

Sikich has stated that the Kishwaukee College financial audit was one of the best they have evaluated this year. Bob Johnson, Chair of the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees, stated, “This is one of the cleanest audits I have observed during my 13 years as a Kish Trustee. The efforts of both Kevin and Jill to ensure fiscal stability and transparency for the residents of our district are greatly appreciated.”

September 13, 2017

Kishwaukee College is proud to announce the establishment of the Student Success Scholarship. During their regularly scheduled meeting on September 12, the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve a Student Success Scholarship that gives back to the students enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year. Students who successfully complete their credit-bearing courses will receive a special scholarship equal to half of the per credit hour tuition increase approved by the Board in March 2017. 

Bob Johnson, Chair of the Board, stated, “Because Illinois showed no progress toward resolving the state budget crisis last March, we voted to increase the in-district tuition rate by $10 per credit hour for the 2017-2018 school year. It was something we thought about and debated but saw no other way through the state budget impasse. We reluctantly passed the increase at our March meeting. In July, when a state budget was voted in place, we knew we wanted to do something to give back to our students.”

According to the state budget passed in July for Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018, Kishwaukee College is scheduled to receive an additional $2.8 million and approximately $5 million, respectively.

The Student Success Scholarship will automatically be awarded to all students who are enrolled in credit-bearing courses and who complete their courses with a letter grade of A, B, or C. There are several programs at Kish that have a differential tuition base. Students will be reimbursed with the differential tuition taken into account. The Scholarship amounts will be: $5 per credit hour for general coursework; $7.50 per credit hour for programs that have a 1.5 differential tuition rate; and $10 per credit hour for programs that have a 2.0 differential tuition rate.

For the Fall 2017 semester, the Student Success Scholarship will be deposited in student accounts at the end of the term after grades have been posted. The scholarship funds can be applied toward the Spring 2018 semester or students will receive a refund check for the scholarship amount if they do not re-enroll for the Spring 2018 semester.

The Board also approved other ways to give back to students including waiving all user fees for the campus Wellness Center, discounts in the College Bookstore for Kish “spirit wear,” and food vouchers for use in Kish Café.

For more information on the Student Success Scholarship, visit