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Illinois Board of Higher Education Members


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. 

John Atkinson - Board Chair, Public Member
Professional Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson

Graduate College of DuPage and Benedictine University

Home Burr Ridge

Veronica Herrero - Vice Chair Public University Governing Board
Professional- Chief Strategy Officer, City Colleges of Chicago

Graduate- University of Wisconsin, University of Chicago

Home - Chicago

Vacant - Public Member
Professional -TBA

Graduate -TBA

Home - TBA

Derek Douglas - Public Member
Professional - Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs at The University of Chicago

Graduate - University of Michigan and Yale Law School

Home - Chicago

Andrea Evans - Public Member
Professional - Director, Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and Professor, Northeastern Illinois University

Graduate - University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul University

Home - Chicago

Jennifer Garrison - Public Member
Professional - Superintendent, Vandalia School District

Graduate - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University

Home - Vandalia

 Jack Thomas

Veronica Gloria - Public Member
Professional - Executive Director, Spanish Community Center

Graduate - Harvard University

Home - Joliet

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Vacant - Public Member

Professional - TBA

Graduate - TBA

Home - TBA

Pranav G. Kothari - Public Member
Professional- Founder & CEO, Revolution Impact, LLC

Graduate- Washington University in St. Louis and Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Home- Chicago, IL

Kenneth Shaw - Public Member
Professional - Chancellor and President Emeritus and University Professor, Syracuse University

Graduate - Illinois State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University

Home - Chicago

Jennifer Delaney - Public University Faculty Representative
Professional - Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Graduate - University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University

Home - Champaign and Chicago

Cody Castle – Non-Traditional Student Board Member
College - Wilbur Wright College

Course of Study - Engineering

Home Bloomingdale

Samiha Syed: Traditional Student Member
College - Benedictine University

Course of Study - Health Science

Home - Chicago


Teresa Garate - Ex Officio Member Representing the Chair of the Illinois Community College Board
Professional - Vice President, Gateway Foundation

Graduate - University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University Chicago

Home - Glenview

Clarence Wyatt

Clarence Wyatt - Representative for Independent Colleges and Universities
Professional - President Monmouth College

Graduate - B.A. Centre College; M.A. and Ph.D, University of Kentucky

Home - Monmouth

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