PHOTO: William and Dian
Taylor (right) with IVCC Director of Community Relations and Development Fran
Brolley (left) and IVCC President Jerry Corcoran at the Taylor’s Winnetka home.
William and Dian Taylor Student Development Commons to honor Winnetka couple’s $100,000 Community Technology Center pledge
2012: An alumni couple from Winnetka has pledged $100,000 toward Illinois
Valley Community College’s capital campaign for enhancement within the Peter
Miller Community Technology Center.
As a result of their multi-year pledge, IVCC will name
its new counseling and admissions area within the CTC “The William and Dian
Taylor Student Development Commons.”
and Dian Taylor, graduates of IVCC predecessor La Salle-Peru-Oglesby Junior
College, have been among the IVCC Foundation’s most generous contributors.
another example of Bill and Dian demonstrating remarkable leadership,” said
IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. “Once again, they’ve invested their hard earned financial
resources to provide opportunity for others.”
Bill Taylor said of the
gift, “It is important to us that today’s Illinois Valley students receive
individualized career counseling that is integrated with their chosen
transfer institution in an effective 21st century environment.”
The Student Development Commons, located on two
stories on the west end of the 80,000-square-foot technology center, will be
home to counseling, career services and Project Success, as well as admissions,
records and registration, financial aid and the cashier.
New to the Commons will be a dedicated resource center
providing high-tech resources for students and counselors such as E-Advising,
College Scheduler, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), recruitment management
software and a portal to allow mobile communication between the college and
“The generosity of the Taylors is amazing and will
allow us to make significant enhancements to the student experience in the
Counseling Center, Career Services and Project Success programs,” said Tracy
Morris, Associate Vice President for Student Services.
“We will be able to provide students with the latest
technology to assist with career planning, course planning, and communication
with transfer institutions to create a smoother transition to the four-year
colleges,” Morris added.
of Community Relations and Development Fran Brolley said the Taylors have
provided significant support to IVCC and its students since Bill retired as a senior
partner with Big 4 accounting firm Deloitte in 2005.
“To IVCC, the
Taylor’s are once-in-a-generation donors,” said Brolley. “They’re not interested
in recognition. What they’re passionate about, what they love to see, is the
students they’ve invested in succeeding.”
year, the Taylors provide a full-tuition scholarship to an IVCC accounting
student transferring to Northern Illinois University to study accounting. The
award is worth up to $25,000 to each student.
They also provide
$10,000 annually to IVCC for 10 scholarships. This year alone, the Taylors are
supporting 15 current and former IVCC students at IVCC and NIU. In addition, they
provided seed money to create the alumni coordinator position at IVCC and are
charter members of the Foundation’s 21st
Century Scholars Society.