By Jennifer Duda
Laying the groundwork for a smooth continuity and transition following her election to the Illinois House of Representatives, College of DuPage Trustee Deanne Mazzochi resigned Jan. 17 as Board chairman.
Mazzochi will continue to serve as a trustee for the immediate future and Vice Chairman Frank Napolitano will complete her term as board chairman until the next regularly scheduled reorganizational meeting, set for April or May 2019.
“It has been my great honor and privilege to serve as your Chairman of this Board through a very historic period of governance at this wonderful College,” Mazzochi said. “I have been in consultation on this process with Vice Chairman Frank Napolitano, and I look forward to working with him through the transition. I am glad he will continue our excellent progress on the strategic plans that we, as a Board, have worked on together and refined over the past planning and budgeting years.”
Mazzochi was elected the College of DuPage Board in April 2015 and was first elected chair in December of that year, she was reelected to the position in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Mazzochi, an Elmhurst resident, was chosen to fill the state representative seat left vacant by the departure of Patti Bellock in July 2018 and was elected to the seat this past November.
Napolitano offered gratitude to Mazzochi, who he said met the challenges of leadership with grit and determination.
“Your leadership helped us continue to move the College forward during a very divided time on this Board,” he said. “I truly appreciate the Board’s trust in me as vice chairman and for the opportunity to serve out your term as Board chairman. I look forward to continuing to work with all the stakeholders of College of DuPage.”