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: Saturday, July 21, 2018
Chicago, Illinois

2018 Alumni Council Meetings

  • Saturday, July 21
  • Friday, September 28

John SandersA letter from the Alumni Council President

Dear Fellow Leatherneck Alumni and Friends,

My name is John Sanders ‘74 and I am proud to serve as your Alumni Council President. I am excited about the timing and ready to work with all of you to help meet the challenges facing Western. Hopefully, you have all received the Western Magazine last year featuring the 60’s & 70’s and the “Winds of Change” (can also be viewed online at ). I remember well those years of Campus and National Unrest, Vietnam, Watergate, the fights for Equal Rights for Women and Civil Rights for all. It was an incredibly exciting time to be at Western but also a time filled with fear, distrust, and doubt about the future in our country. As students during that time, we knew that above all, we had the right, but more importantly the responsibility, to get involved and impact the changes so necessary to make a better future. It was no time to sit on the sidelines.

Today, we face another critical Time of Change for Western. Like most universities, Western faces the challenges of a changing demographic and model for the traditional brick and mortar higher education institution in America. We also continue to deal with the harsh financial realities resulting from our state of Illinois budget woes. Fortunately, our University leadership recognized these realities early, made the necessary preparations and to appropriate actions to address these issues over the past several years.  As a result, Western has been able to successfully navigate the incredibly difficult waters of keeping Western not only afloat, but to sustain its position as a leading state university recognized nationally for its excellence.

What has not changed over the years is our commitment to the students of Western Illinois University.  As Alumni, and there are over 130,000 of us out there, it is our responsibility to get involved in any way we can to ensure that Western continues the traditions of success in higher education that was so important to all of us in our lives.

We cannot sit on the sidelines! The time is now for us to embrace the Winds of Change again and to do whatever we can with the other thousands of Leathernecks around the world to make the critical difference now and in the future for Western Illinois University!

Go Western!

John's Signature 

John Sanders ‘74

President, WIU Alumni Council

P.S. Feel free to contact me directly at any time at When was the last time you visited Western? #WIUHomecoming 2018 is September 28-29 … be there!

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.

2018 - 2019 Council Members


Alumni Council Featured Member

Kirk W. Dillard 1977

Kirk DillardDegree: BA in Political Science/Economics from WIU

Business Information: Appointed by the Governor as Chairman of the Board, Chicago's Regional Transportation Authority and partner at Locke Lord LLP in Chicago, Illinois.

Advice for Freshman: Study hard, but enjoy yourself and participate in extra-curricular activities!

Favorite WIU Memory: The beautiful campus and the great people and faculty.

Family Information: My wife Stephanie and I have two daughters, Emma and Ava. I enjoy politics, baseball, golf, travel and the arts.