Board of Trustees

Polly Radosh

Vice Chair, Macomb; Appointed March 2019

Trustee Polly Radosh retired from Western Illinois University in 2008 after 24 years on the faculty, where she was a professor of sociology and founding chair of the Department of Women’s Studies. Dr. Radosh was the recipient of multiple awards and honors at WIU, including four faculty excellence awards, the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Service Award, the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Multicultural Teaching Award, the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Multicultural Teaching, and she was named the 2007 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. While at WIU, Dr. Radosh published numerous scholarly articles, books, and conference papers. Her research topics included women in the Irish diaspora, midwifery, and gender and race in crime and corrections.

After retiring from WIU, Dr. Radosh was the Dean of the College at the State University of New York at Geneseo from 2008-2011. In that position, she supervised the registrar, campus advising, disability support services, curriculum review and implementation, summer session, scholarships, and course scheduling.

In her spare time Dr. Radosh volunteers at the Good Food Collaborative Food Pantry, serves on the executive board of the McDonough County Branch of the NAACP, and works with WIU Archives and University Television in an ongoing project, The Women of Western, which documents women’s historical contributions to WIU.

The Good Hope, IL resident received her Ph.D. and Masters of Arts in Sociology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. She was Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2019-2021.