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Illinois Board of Higher Education Members

The Illinois Board of Higher Education consists of 16 members as follows: 10 public members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, one of which must be a faculty member at an Illinois public university; one member of a public university governing board appointed by the Governor; one member of a private college or university board of trustees appointed by the Governor; the chairman of the Illinois Community College Board; the chairman of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission; and two student members selected by the Student Advisory Committee of the Board of Higher Education, one must be a non-traditional undergraduate student who is at least 24 years old. The Governor shall designate the Chairman of the Board to serve until a successor is designated. 


Tom Cross - Board Chair, Public Member

Tom Cross - Board Chair, Public Member

Professional - Distinguished Fellow, Aurora University
GraduateIllinois Wesleyan University; Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
HomeOswego


Jay D. Bergman - Public Member

Jay D. Bergman - Public Member

Professional - President and CEO, Petco Petroleum Corporation of Hinsdale
Graduate - Illinois State University
Home - Joliet


Max Coffey - Public Member

Max Coffey - Public Member

Professional - President & CEO, Kimco USA Inc.
HomeCharleston


Meredith Daw-Associate Vice President

Meredith Daw - Representative of Private Universities

Professional - Associate Vice President, Enrollment and Student Advancement, University of Chicago
GraduateUniversity of Illinois and University of Pennyslvania
HomeWinnetka


Sherry Eagle-Representative of Public Universities

Sherry Eagle - Representative of Public Universities

Professional - Executive Director Institute for Collaboration, Aurora University
GraduateUniversity of Illinois at Chicago, University of Chicago and Northern Illinois University
HomeChicago


lice Marie Jacobs - Public Member

Alice Marie Jacobs - Public Member

Professional - President Emerita, Danville Area Community College
GraduateMichigan State University, Western Michigan University, Louisburg College, North Carolina
HomeBismarck


Ex Officio Member representing the Chair of the Illinois Community College Board

Lazaro Lopez - Ex Officio Member, Chair of the Illinois Community College Board

Professional - TBA
Graduate - TBA
Home - TBA


Santos Rivera - Public Member

Santos Rivera - Public Member

Professional - Emeritus Senior Executive, NEIU
GraduateAurora College, Northeastern Illinois University, The Union Institute Graduate School
HomeChicago


Darlene Ruscitti - Public Member

Darlene Ruscitti - Public Member

Professional - Superintendent of Schools, DuPage Regional Office of Education
GraduateNortheastern Illinois University and Loyola University
HomeBloomingdale


Jack Thomas - Public Member

Jack Thomas - Public Member

Professional - President, Western Illinois University
GraduateAlabama A & M University; Virginia State University; Indiana University of Pennsylvania
HomeMacomb


Eric Zarnikow-Ex Officio Member

Eric Zarnikow - Ex Officio Member representing the Chair of the Illinois Students Assistance Commission

Professional - Executive Director, Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Graduate - Iowa State University; Drake University
Home - Buffalo Grove


Emily Buice - Student Board Member

Emily Buice - Student Board Member

StudentSouthern Illinois University Carbondale
MajorHistory and Public Relations
HomeTallassee, Alabama


Truong (Jack) Luu -  Non-traditional Student Board Member

Truong (Jack) Luu - Non-traditional Student Board Member

StudentHeartland Community College
Major Information Systems
HomeVietnam


Vacant

Vacancy: Public Member

Professional - TBA
Graduate - TBA
Home - TBA



Vacant

Vacancy: Public Member

Professional - TBA
Graduate - TBA
Home - TBA



Vacant

Vacancy: Public University Faculty Member

Professional - TBA
Graduate - TBA
Home - TBA