Madison College District Board honors three outgoing board members


At the recent June 7 district board meeting, Madison College recognized the service of district board members Dr. Elton J. Crim, Jr., Frances M. Huntley-Cooper, and Christopher J. Polzer, whose terms will end this upcoming June 30, 2023.

“On behalf of the entire Madison College community, I want to thank Elton, Frances, and Chris for their service and dedication,” said Madison College President Jack Daniels at the recent June board meeting. “Throughout their tenure, each of them has remained focused on putting the needs of our students first and ensuring Madison College continues its mission of providing open access to quality higher education within our community.”

Collectively, they were recognized for showing concern and sensitivity for the welfare and interests of students and staff and for their enthusiastic and regular attendance at various events honoring the accomplishments of students, faculty, and staff. They also offered a steady presence and leadership throughout the pandemic, ensuring the college’s high-level of learning continued during an unprecedented time. Huntley-Cooper was also recognized for her leadership in the success and construction of the Goodman South Campus and advocating for the college’s role in transforming Madison’s south side by bringing educational opportunities to the area.

Learn more about our outgoing board members:

Board Chair Dr. Elton J. Crim, Jr.

Years of board service: Six

Dr. Elton J. Crim, Jr. was appointed to the Madison College District Board as a member-at-large in July 2017. Crim resides in Fitchburg and is a clinical professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served on many university committees and is currently an advisor for the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, the Returning Adult Student Award Committee, and the Department of Education Leadership and Policy Program Review Committee. Crim holds a doctorate in higher education and Policy from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science in public service management from DePaul University, and a Bachelor of Science in biology from DePaul.

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Frances M. Huntley-Cooper

Years of board service: Nineteen

Frances Huntley-Cooper was reappointed to the Madison College District Board in July 2017. Prior to that, she served on the District Board from July 2007 through June 2017, holding the position of board vice-chair (2009-2011) and board chair (2011-2013, 2015-2017). Huntley-Cooper was an administrator in the Worker’s Compensation Division of the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development prior to retiring in 2011. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Huntley-Cooper earned her master’s degrees in social work, public policy, and administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the mayor of Fitchburg from 1991 to 1993, making history for being the first and only African American mayor elected in Wisconsin. She was also recognized as a 2002 Woman of Distinction by the YWCA.

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Christopher J. Polzer

Years of board service: Three

Chris Polzer was selected to serve as a Madison College District Board Trustee in June of 2020, as an elected official member. Polzer resides in Poynette and is currently a criminal justice instructor at UW-Platteville. Previous positions include diversity management instructor and drug treatment specialist. He is also the chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. Polzer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from UW-Platteville and a Master of Science degree in guidance and counseling, also from UW-Platteville.


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