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Alumni Council

Made up of 25 alumni appointed to three-year terms and the president of the Student Alumni Association, this board meets four times a year. Members represent the interests of alumni and serve as liaisons to 25 University areas. The council assists in the recruitment of students, selects Alumni Award recipients, and was instrumental in establishing the Student Alumni Association.

Welcome Letter from New Alumni Council President Matthew Toland '05 '10

Hello Leathernecks,

It is hard to believe that I've been the president of the WIU Alumni Council for a year now. A lot has happened in this last year. I was able to join President Huang on a few of his stops on his continuing inaugural tour, as he meets alumni around the country. The reception has been positive and it really feels like western is headed in a good direction. In honor of President Huang’s inauguration and to support his goal of increasing the enrollment of international students, I created the President Huang International Student Scholarship. This fund is designed to help international students who are coming to Western and who are in need of financial help to adjust to their new environment. If you'd like to contribute to this scholarship, or any other, contact the WIU Foundation here.

The alumni council is working hard to achieve the goals we set last year. Our current goals are:

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything that we do
  • Improve alumni engagement
  • Re-envision our publications
  • Create a new legacy project.

I would love to hear your feedback on what you think of our goals and how you can contribute to help us be successful.

Everything that we do is in service to Western Illinois University, but with a focus on you, our alumni. We are your representatives to the university and your feedback is important. Likewise, you are our representatives to the world. Be sure to wear purple; attend alumni events in your community; come back to Macomb for homecoming; donate to your department, favorite student activity, or scholarship; and send students to Western.

However you chose to support WIU, thank you.

Because of your continued support, Western is strong and we continue to improve. None of this would be possible without your ongoing support. Thank you again and GO WESTERN!

Matthew Toland '05 '10

2022 Alumni Council Meetings

  • Saturday, July 16
  • Friday, October 21
  • Saturday, January 21, 2023
  • Saturday, April 14/28, 2023 (TBD)

Interested in joining the Alumni Council?

The WIU Alumni Association is looking for dedicated leaders of all ages, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, career fields, etc. to serve on the WIU Alumni Council. The Alumni Council strives to include a broad range of members that accurately reflects our student body and alumni community. Applicants are evaluated based on a number of factors, including engagement since graduating (e.g. attendance, giving back to WIU financially, referring students, returning to campus to speak to classes, offering career mentorship, etc.) and general Leatherneck Pride. If you or someone you know is an active alumnus that would be a good candidate, please fill out our online application form. The deadline is April 1.

2021 - 2022 Council Members

On July 11, 2020, at its summer meeting, the Western Illinois University Alumni Council passed a resolution focused on racial equality, anti-racism and support for Black alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends. The WIU Alumni Council is committed to standing up to systemic racism and implementing action to end racism, harassment, discrimination and hate.


Alumni Council Featured Member

Lori BilbreyLori Bilbrey 1990, 1996, 2008

I love WIU so much I have graduated three times: 1990 Bachelor of Science in Special Education, 1996 Master of Science in Special Education and 2008 Master of Science in Educational Leadership.

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Business Information:  Program administrator for ROYALS alternative education program for Regional Office of Education #26/serving students and families in 19 school districts in West Central Illinois. 

Advice for Freshmen:
Show up! Go to every class, every day no matter what! You'll quickly see that this separates you from those who don't show up. Get involved with student activities---there is something for every one on campus. The skills (organization, networking, problem solving, leading etc.) you gain in these organizations are very beneficial in life after college. I have been in many professional meetings over the years, you can always tell who honed their skills early.

Favorite WIU Memory: Being involved on campus. I loved being part of UUB and Greek Life--ASA all the way! Both provided great opportunity for fun, friendships and leadership development.  A funny: Once I parked my car in the circle drive (10 minute parking) in front of the union as I ran in to grab something from the UUB office. I got distracted and forgot my car there, went to class, and went to some meetings. I came back 6-7 hours later---Thank you parking services---No ticket!

Family Information/Special Interests and Hobbies: I grew up in Rockford and came to WIU in 1986.  I have been married to Curt Bilbrey '90 '93, since 1991 (we met at an AGR get together). We live in sunny Macomb and enjoy traveling, boating and spending time at Lake of the Ozarks. I've been a St. Jude Runner since 2000.