Two elected to Knox College board of trustees

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 board’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 school’s Business Advisory Council. He worked for Gunther Construction before he became a farmer. It’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.