Illinois Board of Higher Education Members

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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
Professional - Distinguished Fellow, Aurora University

Graduate - Illinois Wesleyan University; Samford University, Cumberland School of Law

Home - Oswego

Jay D. Bergman - Public Member
Professional - President and CEO, Petco Petroleum Corporation of Hinsdale

Graduate - Illinois State University

Home - Joliet

Max Coffey - Public Member
Professional -President Á CEO, Kimco USA Inc.


Home - Charleston

Vacancy: Representative of Private Universities
Professional - TBA

Graduate - TBA

Home - TBA

Vacancy: Representative of Public Universities
Professional - TBA

Graduate - TBA

Home - TBA

Alice Marie Jacobs - Public Member
Professional - President Emerita, Danville Area Community College

Graduate - Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Louisburg College, North Carolina

Home - Bismarck

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

Graduate - TBA

Home - TBA

Santos Rivera - Public Member
Professional - Emeritus Senior Executive, NEIU

Graduate - Aurora College, Northeastern Illinois University, The Union Institute Graduate School

Home - Chicago

Vacancy: Public Member
Professional - TBA

Graduate - TBA

Home - TBA

Jack Thomas - Public Member
Professional - President, Western Illinois University

Graduate - Alabama A & M University; Virginia State University; Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Home - Macomb

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

Vacancy: Student Board Member
Professional- TBA

Graduate- TBA

Home - TBA

Vacancy: Non-traditional Member Student Board Member
Professional- TBA

Graduate- TBA

Home- TBA

Vacancy: Public Member
Professional - TBA

Graduate - TBA

Home - TBA

Vacancy: Public Member
Professional - TBA

Graduate - TBA

Home - TBA

Vacancy: Public University Faculty Member
Professional - TBA

Graduate - TBA

Home - TBA