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August 10, 2010

BOARD NAMES SEVENER INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CHICAGO – Carrie J. Hightman, Chairwoman of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), today announced the appointment of Donald Sevener as Interim Executive Director of the Board, succeeding Judy Erwin, who recently announced her retirement from the position.

Sevener, 63, has been with the Board since 1997 and has served as Deputy Director for External Relations for the past three years.

“I am pleased that the Board has selected Don Sevener to step in as Interim Executive Director pending selection of a permanent replacement,” Hightman said.  “He has excelled as the public spokesperson for the Board, in his role as our chief liaison to the General Assembly, and as our interface with our many other external constituencies.  He has been involved in every key initiative and activity of the Board, including the development of the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success, all budget issues and, obviously, our legislative agenda.”

Sevener will begin his new duties August 16, 2010. He is a former journalist and served as an adjunct faculty member at Lincoln Land Community College, the University of Illinois at Springfield, and MacMurray College.

Erwin, 60, announced her retirement recently after nearly five years as the IBHE Executive Director and more than 30 years of state service, including 10 as a member of the Illinois House.

Chairwoman Hightman said that the  Board will undertake a nationwide search for a new executive director “as expeditiously, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible.”

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