Pictured is Board Chairman Gary Cadwell; Willie Podestá Young of Omaha, Nebraska; and Eric and Laura Lund of Mattoon.
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees posthumously honored Dr. William Podestá the Clem G. Phipps Exemplary Trustee Award at the October 12 board meeting.
Podestá’s daughter, Willie Podestá Young of Omaha , Neb. , accepted the award on behalf of her father.
The award was named after Clem G. Phipps, first chair of the Lake Land College Board of Trustees, to recognize former trustees who have demonstrated leadership and dedication to Lake Land College and the community.
Lake Land Trustee, Mike Sullivan, nominated Podestá for the award. Podestá served as a Lake Land Trustee from 1970-1976 and 1978-1981. He served as vice chairman, secretary and chairman of the Salary Evaluation Committee. He served as a director of the Lake Land College Foundation from 1982-1997.
Podestá viewed education as a top priority. He was a 12-year member of the Community Unit #2 School Board, serving three terms as president. He was one of the original supporters of the junior college concept and he actively promoted the establishment of Lake Land College. The college was developed on land previously owned by the Podestá family.
Podestá established the dental hygiene and dental assisting program at Lake Land College. He was the founder of the annual scholarship awarded students in these programs and the Eastern Illinois Dental Society.
Lake Land honored Podestá in 1988 with the Lake Land College Distinguished Service Award. A decade later, The College named the road encircling the campus Dr. Podestá Drive.
Podestá was founder of the Mattoon Dental Group and he was the chairman for fluoridation of the Mattoon water supply.