Illinois State University Board of Trustees

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Katy Killian

Contact Title

Interim Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President for Communication

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The Board of Trustees operates, controls, and maintains University in accordance with powers and duties now or hereafter vested by law in that board.


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

Senate Confirmation


Party Affiliation

No more than 4 from the same political party


No member of board can hold or be employed in or appointed to any office or place under authority of board, nor be an employee of state government




8 members - 7 voting members appointed by Governor with advice and consent of the Senate - 1 voting student member, chosen by a campus-wide student election, who is a student at Illinois State UniversityStudent member shall serve a term of 1 year beginning July 1 of each year.


Chair is elected by the Board each July


110 ILCS 675

Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Jones, Julie 01/20/2025 01/23/2017 Democrat Governor Member Cook
Navarro, Robert 01/20/2025 05/13/2019 Democrat Governor Member Will
Jenkins, Scott 01/15/2029 02/10/2023 Independent Governor Member Champaign
Bohn, Kathryn 01/15/2029 05/13/2019 Republican Governor Chair, Member McLean
Tillis, Darren 01/05/2029 06/16/2023 Governor Member Cook
Merminga, Lia 01/15/2029 02/10/2023 Republican Governor Member Kane
Vacant 01/20/2025 Governor Member
Ebikhumi, Aselimhe 06/30/2023 Student Body Vote Member, Voting Student Member