Name: Linda Liddell
Town: Crystal Lake
Office sought: McHenry County College Board
1) What skills, qualities or experience do you possess that separate you from your opponents?
• Servant leadership; listening to understand; challenge the process to continually improve and advance
• Understanding of the community college mission and passion for the role of education within the community
• Strong connection to community college policy and ability to connect and influence at state level (ICCTA)
• Focus on creating vision for higher education that contributes to the viability of the county/community
2) What can McHenry County College do and what should it do to ease the property tax burden on homeowners?
• Continue its strong focus on responsible budgeting
• Insure standards are in place to remain financially affordable and competitive
• Rely on knowledge and expertise of CFO and college leadership to provide strategic suggestions for financial savings and new revenue opportunities, while continuing to provide a quality education and services for students
3) What's your position on space needs at the college? Do you agree with the $16.8 million science building plan?
• Yes, I completely agree. The needs of our current and future students are dependent on adequate and strong facilities for learning – at the very least at the level they are receiving at the high school level; current facilities need dramatic infrastructure improvements to address collaborative learning, accessibility, and a dynamic environment in which to learn and become prepared for a job in the workforce or to transfer with complete success
• Future is STEM- this project ties directly to those current and future career opportunities
• Funding coming from generous donors and student infrastructure fees and very minimal reliance on the taxpayer
4) What will be the biggest challenge that McHenry County College will face over the next four years and how will you meet it?
Balancing innovation and meeting programming demands, with state financial challenges and the need to increase enrollments are our challenges. To meet them, we will
• Continue to maintain a balanced budget and supporting additional opportunities for increased funding
• Encourage and support innovative initiatives from staff and faculty that lead to increased student enrollment that leads to student success
5) Do you agree with the board's recent decisions on layoffs? Why or why not?
• Yes, I agree with the current reduction in force due to the state’s financial shortfall.
• Maintaining a balanced budget is critical to protecting the integrity of the education our students receive as well as keeping our college viable and change-ready
6) What do you consider to be McHenry County College's primary role in the community?
• It is THE central source for education at every level — transfer, job skills training and career/workforce readiness.
• The best investment a community can make is in its education—educated citizens lead to a more successful and economically sound community, and hopefully encourages individuals to stay and work in that community as well.