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Title:Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees
Website:Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees
Contact Name:Matt Streb
Contact Title:Chief of Staff/Board of Trustees Liaison
Contact Phone:815-753-7070
Function:The Board of Trustees operates, manages, controls, and maintains the University in accordance with powers and duties now or hereinafter vested by law in that board.
Term:6 years, from the 3rd Monday in January of odd numbered years, and until successor is appointed and qualified
Senate Confirmation:Yes
Party Affiliation:Yes, no more than 4 from the same political party
Qualifications:No member of board shall hold or be employed in or appointed to any office or place under authority of board, nor be an employee of state or federal government.Member must be resident of IL.
Composition:8 members - 7 members appointed by Governor with advice and consent of the Senate - 1 voting student member who is a student at Northern Illinois University Student shall serve a term of 1 year beginning July 1 of each year Ex-Officio Treasurer – member of NIU staff to be Board Treasurer
Chair:Elected by the Board
Authority:110 ILCS 685

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Athas, Rita1/13/20234/25/2019DemocratGovernorMemberCook
Barsema, Dennis1/13/20231/23/2017IndependentGovernorChairCook
Butler, John1/20/20254/25/2019DemocratGovernorMemberCook
Gayles, Montel1/20/20254/25/2019DemocratGovernorMemberCook
Herrero, Veronica1/20/20254/25/2019DemocratGovernorMemberCook
Pritchard, Robert1/13/20234/25/2019RepublicanGovernorSecretaryDeKalb
Shields, Aiden6/30/20217/1/2020Student Body VoteMember, Voting Student TrusteeNone
Wasowicz, Eric1/13/20231/23/2017RepublicanGovernorVice ChairCook