Cheryl Roelfsema wrapped up her tenure Thursday at Illinois Valley Community College after more than a decade of enhancing the college’s facilities.
The vice president for business services and finance and former controller and accounting instructor oversaw some of the largest construction projects in the college’s 97-year history.
She supervised construction of the $30.5 million Peter Miller Community Technology Center and related projects, the Truck Driver Training facility, Student Center, cyber café, $1 million renovations of the life and physical science labs, a new ag storage facility and more recently replacement of the gymnasium bleachers – not to mention dozens of ongoing maintenance projects.
“Cheryl has had an immense impact on IVCC with her steady and thoughtful leadership,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.
Roelfsema has worked alongside Corcoran all her 13 years as VP.
“We’ve accomplished so much the past decade and much of the credit goes to Cheryl,” Corcoran said. “Her sound financial sense has led to hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funding for construction and maintenance we might not otherwise have received.”
In addition, Roelfsema’s business office routinely earned distinguished budget presentation awards and certificates of achievement for excellence in financial reporting.
In retirement, Roelfsema will enjoy her rural Marseilles farm while continuing to show sheep, ride her quarter horse Just Plain Lazy in competitions, and attend classic car shows with husband John.
Former Streator High School Superintendent Matt Seaton joined the college June 17 as Roelfsema’s replacement.