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Max Jaeger to receive Lake Land College Distinguished Service Award
May 14, 2014
For Max Jaeger of Mattoon, serving Lake Land College has been a life-long commitment.
Jaeger, who after 32 years of service, retired from Lake Land as the vice president of business services in 2000, also served as the chair for the Business Division and as a faculty member in that same division during his career at Lake Land. Even though his professional service for the college ended, Jaeger did not shy away from serving Lake Land College well into his retirement.
According to his award nominator Pam Crisman, Effingham, Jaeger’s dedication and service to the college has helped bring awareness to the service of others. Crisman said that Jaeger persuaded college officials that there was a need for a formalized retiree benefit program, which would recognize retirees for their past work and dedication by offering them various benefits through the college. In fact, he led the charge to establish the Retiree Wall of Fame and has worked tirelessly to recognize those individuals who have served the college and its students well.
“Max has worked diligently for four decades by nominating Lake Land alumni for the trustee’s Alumnus Achievement Award,” said Crisman. “He also worked with fellow retirees to bring to the president’s attention the need to establish an award for college trustees, most notably Clem Phipps. Max takes the time to nominate his fellow faculty members to the Wall of Fame and often recruits other retirees to nominate others.”
According to Crisman, Jaeger also helped establish the college’s historical archive, taking time to help identify photos and offering assistance to help organize the information. Crisman said that not only has Jaeger given hundreds of hours of his time to the college, but he was also one of the first retired faculty members to establish an endowment with the Lake Land College Foundation.
“Max has an unselfish desire to recognize others for their successes and that is why he is so deserving of this award,” said Crisman.
Additionally, Jaeger served as the distance learning coordinator upon retirement and co-chaired Lake Land's first North Central Accreditation Self-Study Report. During his tenure at the college, he served on over 100 committees formed by Lake Land or the Lake Land Faculty Association. His numerous awards include the Service Award, Faculty of the Year Award and Teacher/Administrator of the Year from Eastern Illinois Business Education Association. Also, Jaeger and his wife Louanna established the Max and Louanna Jaeger Endowed Scholarship and he was a member of the first group inducted into the Faculty Wall of Fame at Lake Land in 2008.
Because of his service to the college, Jaeger will be honored for his outstanding commitment to Lake Land with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award at the 47th annual commencement ceremony, Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. The award is designed to acknowledge an individual who has rendered outstanding service to Lake Land College.
Cutline: Max Jaeger of Mattoon will receive the 2014 Distinguished Service Award at the 47th annual commencement ceremony, Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. for his outstanding service to the college.