ICCTA Distinguished Alumnus Award
2003 Recipient

Peggy Kirby
Former publisher
Elgin Courier-News
Elgin Community College (1985)

A high school dropout at age 16, a single mother at age 18, Peggy Kirby was the first in her family to enter college.

"If there had not been a community college readily accessible to me, I would never have acquired the confidence or skills to apply for my first office job," she says.

That job was an entry-level accounting position at the Elgin Courier News.

Thanks to her mentors at Elgin Community College, she moved up the ranks to vice-president/general manager of three daily newspapers and, finally, publisher of the daily paper where she had started as a billing clerk.

Peggy Kirby accepts her 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Peggy Kirby accepts the ICCTA's
2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

For additional information on ICCTA's Distinguished Alumnus Award, please contact Kim Villanueva at 217-528-2858, ext. 1.

Illinois Community College Trustees Association
401 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
217-528-2858 (phone)
217-528-8662 (fax)
ICCTA@communitycolleges.org (e-mail)

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