ICCTA Meritorious Service Award

2003 Recipients

James Lumber
Founding trustee
College of Lake County

First elected in 1967, James Lumber served nearly continuously on the College of Lake County's Board of Trustees until April 2003. During those 36 years, he supervised the college's growth from a small office suite at a Waukegan hospital to a two-campus institution serving more than 16,000 credit students each year. Calling his trustee service "a day-to-day enjoyment," Lumber has spoken on the role of the president and the board at local and national conferences. In 1999 he was honored by ICCTA as one of only three Illinois trustees who have served 30 or more years on a community college board.

An attorney, Lumber served as village president of Round Lake between 1989 and 2001. In recognition of his many years of distinguished community service, he was named the recipient of CLC's Illinois Outstanding Citizen award in 1994.

Eleanor McGuan-Boza
Retired trustee
Joliet Junior College

The year 2001 marked two Joliet Junior College milestones for Eleanor McGuan-Boza: the completion of her 12th year on its board of trustees, and her receipt of two associate degrees in law enforcement and criminal justice. During her two terms in office, she chaired the JJC board and strengthened the college's relationship with its constituents. She also served as treasurer of ICCTA, as chair of the association's South Suburban Region, and as chair of the Minority Affairs Committee, where she encouraged trustees to think first of those traditionally underserved by higher education.

Retired as a registered nurse and real estate agent, McGuan-Boza continues to be active in the community as a deputy registrar, a member of the JJC Alumni Association, and an Associate Member of ICCTA.

Dr. Michael T. Murphy
College of DuPage

Mike Murphy will retire this month after 32 years in higher education, including eight years at the helm of the nation's largest single-campus community college. His tenure at the College of DuPage has been highlighted by the successful completion of a $5 million major gifts campaign, the opening of the new Bloomingdale Center for Independent Learning (CIL), construction and implementation of a college-wide telecommunications system, and the unveiling of the high-tech Computer Crimes Lab for the college's Suburban Law Enforcement Academy.

Murphy also holds the unique distinction of being the only person to have chaired both the Illinois Community College Presidents Council and the Missouri Community College Association's Presidents/Chancellors Council.