DACC student trustee to take office

DACC student trustee to take office

DANVILLE — Before Greg Wolfe is seated and Ronald Serfoss begins his second term on Danville Area Community College's Board of Trustees, officials will welcome another newly elected member.

Megan Hiner, a sophomore, ran unopposed for the board's student trustee seat in a campuswide election, held April 2 and 3. She will be sworn into office at the board's April 23 meeting.

Hiner will serve a one-year term, which expires on April 14, 2014. She will succeed Neal Boyd, whose one-year term expired on Sunday.

Dave Kietzmann, vice president of instruction and student services, said he believes Hiner, a member of the DACC women's basketball team, will do an outstanding job.

"She's very engaging and has a lot of personality," said Kietzmann, one of a number of people who encouraged Hiner to run. "She's also a hard worker not only as a student athlete but in the classroom, as well. She'll represent the students well and be very successful in the years to come."

Illinois law requires the community college board to have a student trustee to represent the student body, Kietzmann said. The trustee has an advisory vote and can make or second motions.

The only criterion is that the trustee be a full-time student carrying 12 or more credit hours.

A resident of Knightstown, Ind., about 30 minutes east of Indianapolis, Hiner carried a full load this school year, in addition to playing guard on the basketball team. She also has worked every other weekend as a certified nursing assistant at Henry County Hospital in New Castle, Ind., which is about 10 minutes from her hometown, since becoming certified in high school.

Hiner likes to get involved. What she doesn't like is sitting on the sidelines, which is she was forced to do when she tore her ACL during her senior year at Knightstown High School.

But she remained optimistic that she would play college basketball. And when Lady Jaguar head coach Kyle Bent came calling, she decided to check out the college.

"I saw the campus and thought it was really pretty," recalled Hiner, who is still deciding on a major but is leaning toward becoming a physical therapy assistant. "I really liked the president and vice president, and I just thought it would be a great fit for me."

It also helped that a friend on her traveling basketball team, Stephanie Lord, also was signing with DACC.

It was another friend, Hayley Lockwood, who encouraged her to run for the student trustee seat. Lockwood held the office from April 2011 to April 2012.

"She told me she really loved it and was glad that she did it," Hiner said. "She thought it would be a good opportunity for me, too."

While a bit nervous, she said she's excited to take on her new role, learn more about college, meet more students and be a voice for them on the board.

"If they have any problems or concerns, I will take them to the board and make sure their opinions are heard. Being a student, I want what's best for them."

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