Shirley Lohmar – President

Shirley Lohmar, appointed to a seat vacated by her late husband in 2015, was elected to a four-year unexpired term on the St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees in 2016; she was reelected in 2020. She has served as Board Treasurer from 2016 to 2018, Board Vice President from 2018 to 2020, and currently serves as Board President. She earned her bachelor's degree in speech pathology and elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University and her master's degree in educational administration from Lindenwood University.

A believer in the importance of education, Lohmar is a retired St. Charles School District elementary school principal. After having taught at Monroe Elementary School for 16 years and being named Teacher of the Year for the district in 1998, she was appointed to the position of principal at Blackhurst Elementary, continuing as principle of Null Elementary when the district restructured in 2007.

Bringing valuable experience to the board, Lohmar is past president of the Parkside Meadows Retirement Community Board of Directors; is part of the St. John United Church of Christ Church Council governing board; and held the position of chairman for the Charter Commission of the City of St. Charles when the city successfully adopted a charter form of government in 1981.

"Public education is important because it is the foundation of a free society," said Lohmar. "It empowers people to live their lives to the fullest and reach their dreams, whatever that may be. It also creates character in an individual. It teaches us to value our culture and the culture of others."

For Lohmar, community college advocacy is a family tradition. Her son, St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Lohmar, served on the SCC Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2011; and her late husband, the Honorable William T. Lohmar, Jr., a former circuit judge, associate circuit judge, and St. Charles municipal judge, served on the SCC Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2015.

Lohmar has lived in St. Charles County since 1972. She and her late husband have one child (Timothy) and two grandchildren.

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