To The Herald-Whig:
I recently learned of the passing of John McCarthy, and was saddened to learn the news.
As the president of John Wood Community College from 1997 to 2008, I worked closely with John when he was a trustee and served as chairman of the board. He initially was opposed to the college, and, as he often told me, he ran for the board to shut it down.
Gradually, he realized the value the college added to Western Illinois and became a strong supporter of JWCC. He worked hard to understand our mission, finances and operations. He offered sage advice to me as president, and even ran interference when dealing with the occasional critic.
He was, in my opinion, the model of what a trustee should be by not trying to micromanage the college, but develop appropriate policies for the college to follow and implement.
He was of great value to JWCC, and subsequently to Western Illinois and the community college system.
Retired JWCC president