Rock Valley College

How do I become a Trustee?

If you are 18 or older, a citizen of the United States, and have lived in the Rock Valley College district for at least one year, then you can seek a board seat on the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees.

Elections are held in April of odd-numbered years, with trustees serving staggered six-year terms. The board is comprised of seven elected officials and one student trustee who is elected annually by the student body and serves a one-year term.

The date of the April odd-year election and related filing dates are announced by the Illinois Board of Elections and Rock Valley College in August of the year prior to the election.  Each candidate must submit a petition signed by at least 50 voters in the district and submit it along with other statements of candidacy to the local election official prior to the filing deadline, which usually falls near the end of December. The location and hours for picking up and filing election packets will be announced at the same time as the April election.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee, you’re encouraged to attend a board meeting and talk with current trustees to get a feel for the office. For questions or more information, please contact the Rock Valley College president’s office at (815) 921-4001.