20, No. 13, Feb. 1, 2001
Shea elected board chairman
Cornish, UIC News Bureau Staff Writer
Burr Ridge attorney Gerald Shea was elected chairman of the UI Board
of Trustees Jan. 18 at the trustees meeting in Chicago.
Shea, who was appointed to the board in 1999 by Gov. George Ryan, will
serve as chairman for one year.
"I will do everything I can to help this university," Shea
said. "It is a great honor to chair this board in that the University
of Illinois is not only important to me personally but [it is] critical
to the continued strength and growth of this state."
Shea has been a member of the Illinois bar for more than 40 years and
served as a majority leader in the Illinois House of Representatives.
UI President James J. Stukel said Sheas experience in the Legislature
will be valuable to the university.
"Hes pragmatic and persistent, and I look forward to working
closely with him," Stukel said.
Shea earned a degree in economics and finance from the Urbana-Champaign
campus and a law degree from DePaul University.
He is a partner and senior attorney at Shea, Rogal and Associates in
He also is the president of the governmental consulting firm of Shea,
Paige and Rogal Inc. of Springfield.
"If we can leave the university a better place than when we got
here, we will have accomplished something," Shea said.
Shea replaces trustee William Engelbrecht as chair.
Stukel said there were many challenging issues Engelbrecht had to deal
with this past year, including the hearings about whether to keep the
Urbana-Champaign symbol, Chief Illiniwek.
During the past year, Engelbrecht concentrated his efforts on the agricultural
and educational communities.
"Thank you for building bridges and relationships," Stukel
Robert Vickrey of Peru, Ill., was appointed Jan. 4 by Gov. George H.
Ryan to serve a six-year term on the board replacing Judith R. Reese
of Chicago who had served two terms on the board.
The terms of trustees Engelbrecht and Martha R. OMalley also are
up this year.
Officers of the board re-elected
- Craig Bazzani, comptroller since 1982
- Thomas Bearrows,
university counsel since 1997.
- Lester McKeever,
treasurer since 1994.
- Michele Thompson,
board secretary since 1990.
- Gerald Shea, on the board since 1999.