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March 3, 2010

Governor Names Two to Board Of Higher Education

SPRINGFIELD – A Chicago attorney and a retired academic have been appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to serve on the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the state’s coordinating agency that oversees colleges and universities.

Heba Hamouda, an attorney with Accenture LLP, was named to complete the term of Cordelia Meyer, which expires Jan. 31, 2011. Santos Rivera, who retired in December 2008 as the senior executive director for affirmative action and institutional outreach initiatives at Northeastern Illinois University, will complete the term of the late Gilbert Rutman, which expires Jan. 31, 2015.

“We are pleased to welcome two new Board members with the stature and experience of Ms. Hamouda and Dr. Rivera,” Carrie J. Hightman, said of the appointments. “We look forward to their contributions as the Board and the higher education community continue to struggle with a very challenging fiscal environment.”

Ms. Hamouda has been with Accenture LLP as a transactional attorney and manager since October 2008. She previously was an associate at the Chicago law firm of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, and before that a law clerk for the Illinois attorney general’s office.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Indiana University and a law degree from Loyola University Chicago.

Ms. Hamouda is a member of the Chicago 2016 Next Generation Leadership Council and was a member of the Chicago delegation in Copenhagen for the vote of the International Olympic Committee.

Dr. Rivera has held various administrative positions at NEIU, including director of the ENLACHE Leadership Institute, acting vice president for student affairs, and dean of students. He also has faculty experience as an adjunct faculty member in NEIU’s graduate program in educational leadership and development, and adviser for doctoral and other graduate students.

Dr. Rivera graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social science from Aurora College, holds a master’s in counseling and guidance from NEIU, and a Ph.D. in leadership and higher education administration from the Union Institute Graduate School. He has an extensive roster of academic presentations and publications.

He is a member of the Aurora University board of trustees, a founding member of the Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education, and a past vice chair of the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) program administered by the Board of Higher Education.

The appointments to the Board require confirmation by the state Senate.

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