New KC Board Member Louis Kalert takes the oath of office from board chair Bill Hawley.
The Kaskaskia College Board has selected one of its former instructors and the retired director of training for the CN railroad as its newest board member.
Louis Kalert will fill the position left by the resignation of Dr. Dee Boswell of Centralia last month. He was sworn in at a special board meeting Wednesday night.
“I’ve met with him a couple three times with him through the chamber and I was born and raised in vocational and technical education. I kinda got a handle on whats involved with it and been interested in it. I did training through the railroad, that was my job the training coordinator. I know a little bit about it I feel and I’m not going in blind.”
Kalert was one of three potential candidates who applied for the position. Board Chair Bill Hawley said the board had selected a very good man.
Kalert originally moved to Centralia in 1970 to teach manufacturing and tool at Kaskaskia College. When the course was eliminated, Kalert went to work for CN Railroad. After a couple of layoffs he ended up as the director of training for the railroad across the entire U.S.
Kalert also served four years on the Centralia City Council and has been on the Centralia Chamber of Commerce for the past three years.
Kalert’s first duty will be to preside over college graduation at seven Friday night.