Sparks named new Lincoln College trustee

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LINCOLN, IL – Lincoln College has named Alicia Sparks to the Lincoln College Board of Trustees. Sparks will help lead the College as the institution continues to integrate post-graduate degree options, new four-year bachelor’s degrees, and the recently approved online programs.

Sparks’ candidacy for the Board of Trustees was approved at the annual meeting held in May. She was seated at the Sept. 25 meeting at the Lincoln College campus.

“I am very pleased to announce Alicia Sparks as our newest member to the Board of Trustees. Her talents will be vital as we continue expanding program opportunities for students,” said Dr. David Gerlach, Lincoln College President.

“Her professional experience in operational leadership, workplace best practices, consultation and coaching services, and project management will contribute to Lincoln College’s goals immensely.”

Sparks grew up in DeWitt County and attended Illinois State University in 2004. She graduated with a Master of Science from Benedictine University in 2013. She is the daughter-in-law of former Board of Trustee member and Trustee Emeritus, Samuel Quentin Sparks.

Sparks has served in a number of roles with Memorial Health System. Her current position as Organization Development Consultant provides consultation and coaching services to clients within MHS and serves as a formal resource on projects.

Alicia Sparks was named to the Lincoln College Board of Trustees at the Sept. board meeting in Lincoln.
Alicia Sparks was named to the Lincoln College Board of Trustees at the Sept. board meeting in Lincoln.

The Lincoln College Board of Trustees appoints the President of the college. Board committees oversee finances, development, planning, and academic and student affairs, among other duties.

“My family’s roots in Logan County are deep; so too is the care and responsibility we feel for this community,” said Sparks. “It is important to me that I use my energy and skills to serve by directly supporting organizations like Lincoln College that provide opportunities for upward mobility. I am also committed to serving organizations that upend traditional models and structural systems to broaden the pathway to success for students.”

This article originally appeared on Lincoln Courier: Alicia Sparks named trustee at Lincoln College