Barbara D. Oilschlager
Barbara D. Oilschlager of Grayslake was first elected to the Board in 1989. During her tenure as a trustee, she has served several times as chairman and vice chairman and has provided leadership on various board committees. Ms. Oilschlager holds a Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree from National Louis University and a Master of Educational Administration degree from the University of Illinois.
From July 2009 to June 2010, she was president of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA). As president, Ms. Oilschlager focused on working with legislators in increasing funding for community colleges in Illinois, improving the state's 48 colleges' recruitment and retention rates and addressing legislation impacting community colleges. In addition, she helped build awareness of community colleges' quality programs and the important role the institutions play in the Illinois economy. In May 2012, Ms. Oilschlager received the Excellence in Service to Education and Illinois Community Colleges award in recognition of her leadership and service to education in Lake County and the Illinois community college system. In June 2012, she received her third Trustee Education Award from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association for her participation in 45 or more seminars offered by the ICCTA.
She has made presentations at meetings of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). She has served on the nominating, public policy, governing/bylaws and communication committees for the ACCT.
Ms. Oilschlager is a member of the governor's Illinois Workforce Investment Board and past co-chair of the State of Illinois Education-to-Careers Steering Committee. She also is a past member of the board of directors of the Lake County Community Action Project and has served on the Lake/McHenry County YWCA board.
Ms. Oilschlager is retired as an administrator for secondary vocational education programs for the Lake County Area Vocational System/Lake County High Schools Technology Campus. She is past president of the Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education (IACTE) and a member of the Statewide System Director's Leadership Council. In 2008, Ms. Oilschlager received the IACTE Carl D. Perkins Humanitarian Award for her outstanding contributions to career and technical education programs and Arch of Fame Award. The association consists of approximately 1,500 teachers, counselors and administrators in the K-12 and Postsecondary systems from across the state of Illinois.