Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Paula Keith

Contact Title

Executive Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Southern Illinois University

Contact Phone

(618) 536.3344

Contact E-Mail

Contact Comments

Executive Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Southern Illinois University


The Board of Trustee governs, manages, and maintains Southern Illinois University, including all its branches; employs educational and administrative personnel; prescribes courses of study; sets fees; administers plan for billing and collection of charges made by faculty members at the School of Medicine for professional services performed in support of academic duties.


6 years, beginning third Monday in January of odd numbered years, and until successor is appointed. Student members, 1 year, beginning July 1

Senate Confirmation


Party Affiliation

Yes, no more than 4 of the Governor’s appointments from the same political party


No employee of state or federal government or office under board’s authority may be members. Members may not have any contracts made by the board.




10 members - 7 appointed by Governor with the advice & consent of the Senate - 1 voting student member designated by the Governor from one campus of University - 1 non-voting student member from campus of University not represented by voting student member (each student member to be selected by respective campuses at Carbondale and Edwardsville) - Superintendent of Public Instruction (or Designee) as Ex-Officio The Governor shall designate one of the student members serving on the board to serve as the voting student member.


Elected by the board


110 ILCS 520/1

Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Sharma, Subhash 01/20/2025 03/22/2019 Independent Governor Member Jackson
Salger, Sara 01/18/2027 06/16/2022 Democrat Governor Member St. Clair
Gilbert, J. Phil 01/18/2027 03/02/2015 Republican Governor Chair Jackson
O'Dell, Hailee Student Body Vote Member, SIUE Student Trustee, Voting Student Trustee Madison
Sanders, Tony Statute Ex-Officio, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tedrick, Roger 01/15/2029 03/22/2019 Independent Governor Secretary Jefferson
Simmons, John 01/15/2029 03/22/2019 Democrat Governor Member Madison
Hightower, Ed 01/20/2025 03/22/2019 Democrat Governor Vice-Chair Madison
Brou, Dorcas Student Body Vote Member, SIUC Student Trustee Jackson
Curtis, Edgar 01/20/2025 03/22/2019 Republican Governor Member Sangamon