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Dr. John J. Swalec

Waubonsee Administrator and Supporter, 1981-2001

Dr. John J. Swalec
Dr. John J. Swalec
Waubonsee Hall of Fame inductee and president emeritus Dr. John J. Swalec had a longer tenure in which to make a lasting impact on Waubonsee athletics, guiding the college from 1981 to 2001. During his two decades in charge, Waubonsee grew by more than 50 percent, and he was labeled a “pacesetter” by the American Association of Community Colleges for establishing landmark initiatives such as the Athletic Department’s Student-Athletes Taking Academic Responsibility (S.T.A.R.) Program. He served on the NJCAA’s Board of Directors, the NJCAA’s Executive Committee, the State of Illinois Athletic Board, and as the Chairman of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. Dr. Swalec’s passion for athletics began during his time as a standout wrestler at Illinois State University (ISU) and grew as he coached the sport in later years. He has been inducted into ISU’s Wrestling Hall of Fame, the NJCAA National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame, and the NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame.