The Community College District 509 Board of Trustees has appointed Ryan Weiss, MBA, to fill the trustee seat vacated by Angela J. Holmes, who resigned on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Weiss of Elgin was seated at the board's Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, meeting. His appointment will last until the next consolidated election on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
“We had a great pool of applicants,” said Jeffrey Meyer, JD, chair of the board of trustees. “It was not an easy decision. What made Mr. Weiss stand out was his prior involvement as a student trustee and then as an alum. We look forward to the knowledge and experience he will bring to the board.”
Weiss is president of Seam Strategies, Inc. of Elgin, private equity and consulting business with experience in branding, sales, and operations for businesses in the paper, packaging, food service, automotive and industrial chemicals industries. Previously, he worked in various international business development and operations-related roles at Henkel, a global company that manufactures adhesive technologies, beauty care, and laundry and home care.
Weiss holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. He is also an Elgin Community College alumnus, where he received an Associate of Science. While at ECC, he held the student member of the board of trustees position during the 1996-1997 academic year. He has been actively involved in the ECC Alumni Advisory Committee upon returning to the Elgin area in 2016.
After Holmes resigned, the board announced the process to fill the vacancy and the criteria for candidates. Candidates were required to be citizens of the United States, 18 years of age or older and a resident in Community College District 509 for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment. Further, candidates were required to submit a current resume with a letter explaining why they wished to serve as a trustee. The deadline to apply was Thursday, Nov. 30. Candidates were interviewed by the board at a special meeting held Wednesday, Dec. 6.