ICCTA Gary W. Davis Ethical Leadership Award
The Hon. George Van Dusen
Village of Skokie
Nominated by Oakton Community College
George Van Dusen has devoted his career to the ideal
that an "open door" is the best pathway to an effective government.
He has demonstrated this commitment to honest, open and inclusive government during more than
30 years of public service as a congressional aide, a village trustee, and a suburban mayor.
Under his leadership, the village of Skokie received the Governor's Home Town Award in honor of the
high level of citizen involvement in the decision-making process.
Mayor George Van Dusen accepts ICCTA's 2007 Gary W. Davis Ethical Leadership Award.
Mayor Van Dusen has also handled
tough ethical dilemmas with grace and creativity.
When confronted with a Ku Klux Klan gathering in ethnically
diverse Skokie, he acknowledged their right to free speech – but called upon village citizens to assemble at
another venue in a Peace and Harmony convocation.
Van Dusen also brings his real-world experiences into the classroom as a history and government instructor at
Oakton Community College.
Most recently, he helped establish the Village of Skokie's very first scholarship -- the Excellence in
Professional Government Management Scholarship, which will allow a Skokie resident to attend Oakton Community College.
For additional information on ICCTA's Gary W. Davis Ethical Leadership
Award, please contact
Kim Villanueva at 1-800-454-2282, ext. 1.
Illinois Community College Trustees Association|
401 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
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