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Brian N. Dorris takes seat as newest RLC Trustee

Sesser’s Brian N. Dorris took his seat as the newest Rend Lake College Board of Trustees member tonight during the monthly meeting. The lifelong Southern Illinois resident is eager to begin his six-year term with the college, and said his interest started many years ago as a student in the business program.

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Brian Dorris

“I’ve always been interested in Rend Lake College and helping it continue to be a good community college for our area,” said Dorris. “I don’t necessarily [have expectations for the term, but] I want to keep the college on the right track.”

Dorris attended RLC from 1987-89, transferring to Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he received a Bachelor in Business Administration. Currently, Dorris is a Project Manager for Sierra Bravo Contractors, LLC and owns his own trucking company, Dorris Trucking, both located in Sesser.

He is filling a seat left vacant in January when former board member Rick Marlow stepped down in order to return to teaching architecture at RLC on a part-time basis. For the three months in between, the seat was temporarily filled by former trustee and chair Hunt Bonan, who served on the RLC board from 1997-2009.

Trustees John T. Kabat and Randall R. Rubenacker were also reelected last month to six-year terms on the board. They join current trustees Dr. David Asbery, Eric Black, Randall Crocker, Larry Manning, and new Student Trustee Grace Pytlinski, seated during the April board meeting.

After Dorris was seated, the new Board of Trustees elected officers and made appointments. Randall R. Rubenacker was elected Board Chairman, Larry Manning was elected Board Vice Chairman and was appointed as the Illinois Community College Trustee Association Representative, and Eric Black was elected Board Secretary. Angie Kistner, RLC Vice President of Finance and Administration, was appointed Treasurer. All votes and appointments were unanimous.