ICCTA Certificate of Merit
The Hon. Philip J. Rock
Illinois Board of Higher Education
After retiring as the longest-serving president in the history of the
Illinois Senate, Phil Rock was appointed to the Illinois Board of Higher Education in 1997. From 1998 to
2002, he served as IBHE chair and sought to extend financial aid programs to part-time and summer-school
students. Also during his tenure, the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education cited
Illinois as the nation's best higher education system in its "Measuring Up 2000" report card.
Senator Rock has returned to private practice with the law firm Rock Fusco & Garvey, Ltd., and serves
on various civic and educational boards.
The Hon. Judy Erwin
Illinois House Higher Education Committee
A former public school teacher, Judy Erwin spent 14 years as Senator Rock's
communication director before serving 10 years in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1992 to 2002.
As chair of the House Higher Education Committee, she supported the transfer of adult education administration
to the Illinois community college system and passed several measures to increase student access and
affordability to higher education.
Representative Erwin continues to follow higher education issues as senior vice president of Res Publica Group,
a Chicago-based public affairs firm.
For additional information on ICCTA's Certificate of
Merit, 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
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