Western Illinois University Board of Trustees

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Athena Brooks

Contact E-Mail


Contact Comments

Administrative Assistant, President's Office, Western Illinois University -or- Jeanette Malafa, Government Relations, 217/652-6467


The Board of Trustees operates, manages, controls, and maintains the University.


6 years, expiring 3rd Monday of January of staggered odd-numbered years, and until successor is appointed and qualified

Senate Confirmation


Party Affiliation

No more than 4 from same political party.


No member of the board to hold or be employed in or appointed to any office or place under authority of board, nor be an employee of state government. Must be Illinois residents.


Reimbursed for expenses.


8 members: - 7 voting members appointed by Governor - 1 voting student member until July 1, 2001 who is a resident at Western Illinois University; Student shall serve a term of 1 year, beginning July 1 of each year; Beginning July 1, 2001, and thereafter, student member shall be a voting member; Student member is determined by campus-wide student referendum.


Elected annually by the Board


110 ILCS 690/35‑10

Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Shaw, Douglas 01/20/2025 03/28/2019 Democrat Governor Member Peoria
Stutz, Carin 01/15/2029 09/30/2019 Republican Governor Member Cook
Radosh, Mary (Polly) 01/20/2025 03/28/2019 Democrat Governor Chair McDonough
Brown, Justin 06/30/2020 07/01/2018 Western Illinois University Member, Voting Student Trustee Champaign
Wise, Derek L. 01/15/2029 03/06/2023 Independent Governor Member Madison
Dillard, Kirk W. 01/15/2029 03/31/2023 Republican Governor Member McDonough
Lowe Mullins, Erika R. 01/20/2025 03/29/2024 Democrat Governor Member Cook
Lang, Kisha 01/15/2029 03/28/2019 Democrat Governor Member Cook