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Inductees

Dr. Walter Fronczek

Retired Dean at Moraine Valley Community College
Class of 1982
Dr. Walter Fronczek retired in June 2022 from Moraine Valley Community College after working there for nearly 40 years.

Walter started at the college as a student in 1978 and was an orientation aide, working with students, counselors and academic advisors, while attending classes. He transferred to Saint Xavier University to pursue his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in counseling. He later earned a master’s degree from Columbia College Chicago and a doctoral degree from National Louis University.

After graduating from Saint Xavier University, Walter worked for a couple of years as a drug and alcohol counselor, before being hired at Moraine Valley as the coordinator of College Activities. Over the years, he held numerous positions at the college, including director of College Activities, assistant dean of Student Life and Judicial Affairs, and assistant dean of Liberal Arts. His final position was dean of Liberal Arts, a position he held for 17 years.

Under Walter’s leadership, the Liberal Arts Department expanded opportunities for students. Some initiatives he led included creating the Speaking and Writing Center and Honors Program and establishing the ongoing relationship with The Second City. He helped usher in new academic programs such as American Sign Language, College 101 and the COM-101 Bridge Program; and he oversaw the development of the Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education and the Associate in Fine Arts in Music degrees.

One of the most impactful initiatives Walter helped lead was the $89 million referendum campaign in 2006.

He served as the community campaign manager and worked diligently to ensure it was successful.

The referendum passed, and the exceptional new facilities it funded transformed the campus.

One aspect of his job Walter found especially fulfilling was overseeing the operations in the college’s Fine and Performing Arts Center. He championed the arts by bringing world-class professional performers and artists to campus, as well as supporting academic music and theater programs.

During his career, he was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Vernon O. Crawley Leadership Award and League for Innovation in the Community College’s Innovation Award. He also was inducted into the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Co-Curricular Hall of Fame.

Walter and his wife, Laura, have a grown daughter named Jenna.

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