DACC board vacancy set to be filled Tuesday

DACC board vacancy set to be filled Tuesday

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College trustees wasted no time in filling a vacancy on their board.

Trustees will vote Tuesday on whether to appoint Amy Hoose, a local business leader and community volunteer, to a seat that opened up at the beginning of the month. If approved, she would take the oath of office and then her seat on the board.

Hoose would succeed Vickie Miller, who stepped down on July 1 after 22 years on the board, and serve out the remainder of Miller's term, which expires in April. If approved, she plans to run for the seat in the spring election.

Board members discussed several strong candidates at two special meetings, Chairman Dave Harby said.

"One name kept surfacing," he said, referring to Hoose. In addition to her knowledge of DACC and its district, he said, "she's got a very impressive volunteer and community-service resume."

A Bloomington native, Hoose, 42, and her husband, Matt, have lived in Danville for the past 16 years. She holds a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University and is the area sales manager for Trillium Staffing Solutions in Danville.

Hoose's connections to DACC go back a few years. She and her husband, who works for Illini FS and whose family farmed in the Rossville area, have funded a scholarship for students pursuing agriculture-related careers since 2012.

She also co-chaired the major gifts division of DACC's Endless Possibilities campaign that raised more than $10 million in donations, pledges and planned gifts.

Hoose said she was encouraged by a couple of board members to submit her resume as a candidate.

"Education is so important to everything we do," she said. "I get to see firsthand how having a certificate of completion in a particular course or vocation or an associate's degree opens so many doors. The more education you can equip yourself with, the more you can contribute and give back to your community."

Hoose is a member and past president of the Danville Noon Rotary Club, the Workforce Investment Board, the Danville Library Foundation Board and the Parkland College Accounting Advisory Committee. She and her husband also served on the Your Family Resource Connections board from 2009 to 2013.

Hoose was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Illinois by the Illinois Jaycees in 2012; one of the Forty Under 40 by the Central Illinois Business Magazine, published by The News-Gazette; and Volunteer of the Year by the Danville Library Foundation in 2010.

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