John M. Fulton Distinguished Alumnus Award

Established in 2009, the John M. Fulton Distinguished Alumnus Award is named for long-time KCC Alumni Association member John Fulton of Herscher. Fulton is a 1977 graduate of KCC, and he has two associate degrees, in business and general studies.

As a decorated Vietnam War hero, a tireless advocate for veterans affairs, and for people with disabilities, a farmer, and friend, Fulton is a source of pride and inspiration for all of us at KCC.

Following Fulton's receipt of the KCC Foundation's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009, the KCC Foundation Board voted unanimously to rename the recognition "The John M. Fulton Distinguished Alumnus Award." Recipients of the award must meet the following criteria:

  • Outstanding success and distinction in chosen field
  • Humanitarian service that has proven greatly beneficial to society
  • Continued interest in/support of education and community colleges
  • Overcoming life's obstacles
  • Completion of a recognized program of instruction at an Illinois public community college

Nominate an Alumnus

The Kankakee Community College Foundation is taking nominations from the community for the John M. Fulton Distinguished Alumnus Award. To submit your nomination, please complete the Distinguished Alumnus Nomination Form and email the completed form to alumni@kcc.edu.

This nomination form is due January 1, 2015.

Barbara Decker, 2014 award recipient

Barb Decker, 2014 Distinguished Alumnus recipient 
After completing her Associated in Applied Science at KCC, Barbara Decker began her nursing career at the hospital, then St. Mary’s Hospital, in 1977. She has worked for several areas of the hospital, including Children’s Services and as system director of supply chain information and implementation. Barbara Decker is currently the director of Perioperative Services at Presence St. Mary's Hospital.

Decker also holds a certification in Perioperative Nursing and a Certificate in Professional In-Patient Safety. A strong supporter of community colleges, she has served on the KCC Associate Degree in Nursing/Licensed Practical Nursing Advisory Board and is currently on the KCC Foundation Board. She has also been a guest speaker at the KCC Nursing Pinning Ceremony and participated in a panel presentation for nursing students.