It’s Murphy times three at MVCC.
The Governing Board of Moraine Valley Community College has a brand new look after welcoming two new trustees in a special meeting Thursday.
While the look is new, the roster may sound familiar as one of the new trustees bears the name of Murphy, bringing the total number of Murphys serving on the board to three. None of them are related. Joseph Murphy and Susan Murphy round out the Murphy trio on the board.
Taking the oath of office was Orland Hills resident Kimberly Hastings, who defeated incumbent Patrick Kennedy in the April 7 election and Evergreen Park resident Michael Murphy, who unseated incumbent Thomas Cunnningham. Kennedy did not attend the meeting.
Linzey Jones, of the Cook County 15th Circuit Court, swore them in.
Hastings and Murphy have a number of things in common. It is the first elected office for each of them, both previously attended Moraine Valley and each has an engineering degree.
Hastings is a graduate of Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, where she obtained a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She said she is looking forward to serving the college and protecting the taxpayers’ dollars.
“I want to have a part in the college continuing to provide its excellent educational opportunities,” she said.
“Moraine Valley Community College is my foundation. I completed all my undergraduate work here which enabled me to move on to my higher education. I want to give back to this community. It is only right.”
Murphy, 28, graduated from Evergreen Park High School in 2005 and graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2009 with a degree in architectural studies. He said he took a year to investigate grad schools.
“During this year off, I enrolled in MVCC, taking additional courses to pursue a dual career in architecture and structural engineering,” he said. “What was great about being at Moraine was that I was able to work construction and other side jobs and also do substitute teaching at Evergreen Park high school.”
In 2012 he finished his masters of architecture with emphasis in structures. He is currently taking his architecture board exams to become a licensed architect and is preparing for the structural engineering exam in a few years.
“Not many people become licensed as both, but I enjoy the challenge and am passionate about both fields,” he said. “I am excited to be a member of the board of trustees to continue MVCC’s great role in our community and to provide amazing opportunities to our students, young and old, to improve their education and lives.”
In other action, the board was reorganized with Trustee Joseph Murphy elected chairman; John Coleman as vice chairman and Susan Murphy as secretary.