'Most influential women': SWIC president receives honor

Belleville News-DemocratAugust 8, 2013 

Southwestern Illinois College President Georgia Costello was honored Thursday as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in the area by the St. Louis Business Journal.

She is the only educator and only Illinois business leader among the women honored at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. The list of Most Influential Business Women will be published in the Business Journal's Aug. 9 issue.

"This is truly an honor to be recognized in the company of such accomplished business women," Costello said. "I'm glad to represent higher education and the metro-east."

The winners were selected from more than 200 nominees for their dedication to their careers as well as advancing the St. Louis community.

Costello was named SWIC's new president in 2008.

"I couldn't succeed without the support of the Board of Trustees and the stellar administration, faculty and staff at SWIC," Costello said. "It's incumbent upon us to think of the future and how we can improve life for generations to come."

Costello has served on the Illinois Governor's Education Accountability and Education Excellence Task Forces, and the St. Clair County Child Advocacy Board. She serves on the Board of Trustees at McKendree University and the Advisory Board for United Missouri Bank.

In 2010, Costello was one of only two Illinois community college presidents invited to attend the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges. One hundred leaders from several arenas discussed the critical role of community colleges in America's economic future.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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