From the Register-Mail:
A published pediatrician and an award-winning local farmer have been elected to the Knox College Board of Trustees, the school announced.
James Purlee, a Galesburg farmer, and Dr. Clarence Parks, whose work has been published in the Pediatric Acute Care Handbook, will begin their work at the boardâ€™s next meeting.
Purlee won the Innovation of Agriculture Award in 2002 with his team profit-sharing approach to farming, in which several farmers work a farm and share in the profits. He has been a member of the schoolâ€™s Business Advisory Council. He worked for Gunther Construction before he became a farmer. Itâ€™s been more than 30 years since he bought his first 11 acres and now, he and his partners work on more than 8,000 acres locally.
Parks is a Chicago pediatrician who graduated from Knox in 1992. He also teaches pediatrics and internal medicine at Rush Medical College in Chicago.
He has practiced in Freeport and is a member of the American Medical Association.
They join a board of 44 trustees.