Dr. Ronald Rodgers, longtime Wilmette Public Library trustee, has been named 2020 ILA Trustee of the Year by the Illinois Library Association. This annual award recognizes a public library trustee for achievement, leadership, and service to libraries.
In a press release announcing the award, ILA commended Dr. Rodgers for his many years of service to Wilmette. In addition to his current role as treasurer, he has served as president, vice president, and secretary, and has chaired numerous board committees. A trustee since 1984, Dr. Rodgers’ vision and leadership have helped guide the library through leadership changes, successful referenda, and construction projects.
“In my experience working with Boards of Library Trustees, Dr. Rodgers is among the most qualified, reasonable, well-spoken, and supportive elected officials,” says Anthony Auston, director of Wilmette Public Library. “His dedication, generous spirit, and enthusiasm for libraries in general, and Wilmette Public Library especially, continues to inspire those who work with him and those he serves.”
The Trustee of the Year Award will be presented virtually at the awards ceremony held on Tuesday, October 20, during the 2020 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park. The award recipient will also be recognized during the Trustee Day programming on Thursday, October 22.