Hill resigns from DACC board, finalist for DACC post


DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College Trustee Tonya Hill resigned late last week from the Board of Trustees.

Her resignation was effective Aug. 10 after Hill was named as one of three finalists for the position of DACC Foundation executive director.

DACC President Stephen Nacco appreciates the timing of Hill’s decision.

“The DACC Foundation and the college board are separate entities,” he said. “Tonya’s resignation makes the process a lot less complicated for both the foundation board and the college board.”

Nacco said a screening committee winnowed down 20 applicants for the DACC Foundation executive director position to three.

“They brought forward three excellent candidates,” he said.

One of the candidates will be recommended next week for the Board of Trustees’ approval at its Aug. 23 meeting as well as to the DACC Foundation Board.

Hill, a Catlin native, was elected in 2015 to a six-year term on the DACC Board that runs through 2021. At the Aug. 23 DACC board meeting, the Board of Trustees are expected to discuss the process for replacing Hill on the seven-member board. By state law, the board has 60 days from the resignation date to replace a board member.

The board’s appointee will fill the role until the April 2019 election, when voters will select someone to serve the remaining two years of Hill’s term.

“We will need someone to serve on the board for seven board meetings before the election,” Nacco said.

In addition to Hill’s vacancy, two other seats on the DACC Board — held by Dr. Ronald Serfoss and Greg Wolfe — will expire, with each carrying a six-year term.

Nacco said anyone interested in running for the DACC Board may pick up a petition Sept. 13. Petitions are filed with the county clerk in December.

Hill is a DACC graduate and one of the college’s distinguished alumni.

While appreciating the necessity of Hill’s resignation, DACC Board Chair Dave Harby admitted to feeling sad about losing Hill from the board.

“Over the past three years, Ms. Hill has been a great asset to the board. At every meeting, she brings a wealth of knowledge about the college and the community. She is also a staunch advocate for DACC and the students we serve,” he said. “She’s really a wonderful person to know and someone who cares a great deal about people, about helping people and about what the college means personally to each and every student. She’ll be missed.”