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Sauk ag program director to step down

Board appoints new trustee

DIXON – The Sauk Valley Community College’s ag program director will be putting down roots elsewhere come summer.

Agriculture professor Ryan Anderson has accepted a position in Texas and recently gave his letter of resignation effective July 31, which the Sauk Board approved Monday.

Anderson, 40, started at Sauk in summer 2017 to run the ag program that was revived that October after about 2 decades and has grown significantly since.

Anderson has a national reputation in agriculture, and Sauk President Dave Hellmich said he was “not completely surprised” but they did everything they could to keep him at the college.

Board member Brian Duncan said many members of the ag community want to make sure the program continues.

“The agriculture community in the area want to build this on the base we have,” he said.

The college has received around 10 or so applications for the faculty position in the last 2 weeks.

“I think we’re on very good, well-tilled soil to keep going,” Hellmich said.

New board member

The board also appointed Kathryn Boyle to a 2-year term on the board to fill former Chairman Scott Stoller’s seat.

Stoller did not seek re-election in April, and Duncan was the only candidate running for the two 6-year board spots up for election.

Boyle, director of finance at CGH Medical Center, is a Sauk graduate and Amboy native. She lives in Sterling and has four daughters.

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