Illinois State University Board of Trustees
President Search Information
The process to search for the 20th president of Illinois State University has begun.
The 32-member committee includes broad university community representation, and is comprised of students, faculty, staff members, alumni board and foundation board members, and trustees.
Illinois State University seeks a visionary and forward-thinking leader to join its thriving campus community to serve as its next president.
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Procedure of Candidacy
All applications, nominations, inquiries, and feedback are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the above Leadership Profile.
WittKieffer is assisting Illinois State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by Thursday, March 25.
Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.
Nominations, inquiries, and feedback can be directed to:
Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Jeff Compher and Alejandra Gillette-Teran
Notice of Next Meeting
Friday, May 7, 2021
8:30 a.m. CDT
Brown Ballroom I and II
Bone Student Center
Illinois State University
Meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube.
- February 19, 2021 — Illinois State University
- May 7, 2021 — Illinois State University
- July 23, 2021 — Illinois State University
- October 15, 2021 — Illinois State University
- November 4-5, 2021 - To Be Determined
In the fall of 1995, the 89th General Assembly of the State of Illinois passed Senate Bill 241 which was sent to and signed by the Governor to become Public Act 89-0004. This new legislation established autonomous governing boards for seven state universities as part of a continuing reform of the state's higher education system. With the reorganization of Illinois' higher education system, state universities will be governed by boards whose duty is to assure their students are receiving the highest quality education possible and that tax and tuition dollars are being used wisely.
The Board of Trustees of Illinois State University began operation on January 1, 1996. The Board consists of seven members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Illinois Senate for overlapping six-year terms. The eighth member of the Board is a student selected annually by the University. The President of the University serves as the primary liaison, linking the Board's responsibilities for policy direction to the University's operational responsibilities for carrying out its mission.
To contact the Board of Trustees, please email BOT@IllinoisState.edu.