Alumni Council

Made up of 25 alumni appointed to three-year terms and the president of the Student Alumni Association, this board meets three times a year at WIU. 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.

NEXT MEETING: Friday, October 7, 2016
Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois

2017 Alumni Council Meetings

  • January
  • April/May
  • September 29

Jeff McElroy

A letter from the Alumni Council President

Greetings WIU Alumni and Friends,

For the past seven years it has been my privilege to serve on the Alumni Council as one of 26 members representing over 130,000 alumni worldwide. I am now finishing the first year of a two-year term as President of the Council. It is an honor to be selected to serve our alumni and University in this way.

This past year we have seen many challenges and changes at Western. The Board of Trustees and administrators have had to make some very tough decisions, but all were made with thorough research, keeping the best interests of the students and University in mind. The goal was to maintain the quality of education at Western and insure that it is always the Best in the Midwest. We have to thank all the people making those decisions and changes for their efforts.

One of my continuing goals as President is to meet as many alumni as possible. I have attended many events and met hundreds of alumni throughout the year. We've seen many new faces at events this year and hope they continue to participate and bring others.

In talking to alumni and sharing memories, there seems to be a recurring theme. The two most common comments we hear are, "My education at Western made me what I am today", and "My years at Western were the best four years of my life". What a credit to our fine institution. As alumni we can help guarantee that our current and future students are provided with the same great education and experiences by reconnecting and giving back to Western. Whether it be by contributing financially, serving on an advisory board, or sharing your Western story, please take time to show appreciation for what Western has done to enrich your life.

So, as President, I have a challenge for you. During the next year, attend an alumni event in your area, or come to homecoming (Oct. 7-8) and reconnect with Western. Share your memories of Western with others whenever the opportunity presents itself. Western prepared us for life. Continue to be an active part of Western’s unique culture. BE A LIFETIME LEATHERNECK!



Carol Lewis Scott ‘70

Alumni Council Members Sought

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. If you or someone you know is an active alumnus that would be a good candidate, please send the application form and resume to the Alumni Association at 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 or fax (309)298-2914. The deadline is March 1. (You may save and email your form to only if your computer has Adobe Acrobat Professional, not Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Or, click here to print off and then fill out the application form.

2016 - 2017 Council Members


Alumni Council Featured Member

Gayle Spencer 1987

Gayle SpencerDegree: Bachelor of Science from University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1983, Master's in College Student Personnel from WIU in 1987 and Ph.D. in Student Counseling and Personnel Services from Kansas State University in 2004.


Business Information: Director, Illinois Leadership Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Advice for Freshman: Get organized and go to class. If you need help, ask for it. Ask your RA, an academic advisor or a professor. There are many wonderful people at WIU there for you!

Favorite WIU Memory: All the great events we had on campus for students. The Office of Student Activities, both staff and students, worked tirelessly to have great things for students to see and learn. My experience at WIU set me up for a wonderful career in higher education.

Family Information: Married to Dale Billam; we have two children, Kady and Thom. My favorite thing to do is to attend and watch sports. From Cubs baseball, to Blackhawks hockey, to Big Ten Sporting events; I love it all! I also love to travel.