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July 29, 2005


SPRINGFIELD - An emeritus professor of chemistry from Chicago State University and the former chairperson of the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University have been appointed to terms on the Illinois Board of Higher Education by Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Elmer L. Washington has been emeritus professor for the past five years at CSU where he was president of the Chicago State Chapter of the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) and held a variety of academic and administrative positions. He began his teaching career at Chicago State in 1969, and served as Vice President for Research and Development, Acting Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and chief contract negotiator for UPI from 1992 to 2000.

Washington holds bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from Texas Southern University, did graduate study at the University of Chicago, and received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has served in a number of civic, religious, and health-related volunteer positions. He lives in Park Forest. He replaces Thomas R. Lamont, who resigned from the Board to become Acting Executive Director of the IBHE. His term expires in January 2009.

Addison E. Woodward, Jr., chaired the Division of Psychology and Counseling at GSU from 1979 through 2002, overseeing an academic unit with more than 40 full-time and part-time faculty and 200 undergraduate and 350 graduate majors. Under his leadership, the counseling and psychology programs sought and maintained national accreditation. He is an emeritus professor at GSU and also taught at Albion College in Michigan.

Woodward earned his B.S. in psychology summa cum laude from C.W. Post College in Brookville, N.Y., received a master's degree from Connecticut College, and earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Toronto.

Woodward also has extensive collective bargaining experience. He was one of two faculty members who initiated the collective bargaining movement at GSU, and he served in several capacities for Local 3500 of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), including as secretary, treasurer, the GSU representative to the AFT negotiation team. He resides in Palos Park. He succeeds Jerry Blakemore on the Board for a term that expires in January 2009.


Don Sevener



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