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Alumni choose Baise to join Board of Trustees


A school teacher who has dedicated her life to education has been chosen by her fellow alumni to serve a five-year term as Alumni Trustee on the College’s chief governing body beginning this fall.

Tonya Johnson Baise began her career in education at Triopia Junior-Senior High School in Concord, then taught in Williamsville before retiring in the Lemont school system. She graduated from Illinois College in 1976 with a degree in psychology and elementary education and earned a master’s degree in education leadership and administration from Olivet Nazarene University. Baise also worked in the Department of Children and Family Services as an administrator of the Parents Too Soon program.

Baise has previously served her alma mater as a director on the Illinois College Alumni Board. The ordained elder for the Presbyterian Church is married to fellow Illinois College graduate Greg Baise ’74.

Newly elected Alumni Association Board of Directors who will serve five-year terms on the board include Jeremy Beard ’02 of Concord, Jay Jamison ’78 of Jacksonville, Gigi Galloway Patterson ’92 of Jacksonville, Daniel Walters ’69 of Morton and Denise Welch Wayland ’84 of Chesterfield, Mo.

Beard is co-owner of Beard Implement Company, Jamison is president of Hole in the Wall Screen Arts, Patterson is director of The Nursery School, Walters is a retired businessman with Caterpillar Inc., and Wayland is a veterinarian at Paw Patch Animal Hospital.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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