22, No. 11, Dec. 6, 2002
Shea resigns from board; Lamont
Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
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Less than a week
after the UI Board of Trustees’ November meeting, Chairman Gerald
Shea announced his plans to resign from the board at the end of this
On Nov. 19, Shea said he will leave the board as of Dec. 31 to spend
more time with his family.
A partner in the law firm of Shea, Rogal and Associates of LaGrange,
Ill., Shea also is president of the governmental consulting firm of
Shea, Paige and Rogal Inc. of Springfield.
Gov. George Ryan has appointed trustee Thomas R. Lamont to fill the
vacancy created by Shea’s resignation, subject to the approval
of the Illinois Senate. If approved by the Senate, Lamont will serve
the remaining two years of Shea’s term, which would have expired
Lamont’s own term as a trustee will expire in January 2003, along
with those of trustees Susan Gravenhorst and Roger Plummer.
Kenneth Schmidt will serve as the board’s interim chairman until
a new chairman is elected, which is expected to happen at the board’s
Feb. 12-13 meeting in Rockford, according to Michele Thompson, secretary
to the board.
Lamont joined the board of trustees in 1990 and was reappointed by Gov.
Jim Edgar in 1997.
A partner in the law firm of Brown, Hay and Stephens of Springfield,
Lamont previously served as director of civil litigation in the Illinois
Attorney General’s office from 1983 to 1987. Lamont earned a doctorate
in law from the Urbana campus in 1972.
A member of the Illinois State Board of Higher Education since 1999,
Lamont previously served on the IBHE board in 1992 and 1995.
Shea was appointed to the board of trustees in 1999. Shea was elected
chairman in January 2001 and then re-elected in 2002 despite occasional
differences of opinion with other trustees and administrators over budgetary
and policy matters.