Evanstonian Bill Stafford was elected chair of the Oakton Community College Board of Trustees at a board meeting this week.

Paul Kotowski of Niles was named vice-chair and Marie Lynn Toussaint of Evanston was chosen as secretary.

Karen Suarez of Des Plaines was named to serve as student trustee for the next year.

Stafford succeeds Northbrook resident Benjamin Salzberg as chair.

Stafford was appointed to the board in November 2007. He was re-elected in April 2009 and 2015 to serve six-year terms.

He serves on finance-related committees for both the Evanston YMCA and YWCA and formerl served as chief finance officer for the City of Evanston and Evanston Township High School.

 He also serves as a commissioner on the Northwest Water Commission and evaluates government budgets for the national Government Finance Officers Association’s Budget Awards Program.

Kotowski was elected to a six-year term on the board in 2017.

Toussaint began a six-year term as an Oakton trustee in 2019. She has been a criminal defense attorney for more than two decades and is a co-founder of Haitian American Lawyers Association.

Other members of the Board of Trustees include Evanston residents Martha Burns, Gail Bush and Wendy B. Yanow. Burns was elected to a six-year term on the Oakton Board of Trustees in 2017, while Bush and Yanow started six-year terms in 2019.

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