Alumni Council

Made up of 25 alumni appointed to three-year terms and the president of the Student Alumni Association, this board meets on a quarterly basis 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, January 31, 2015
Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois

2015 Alumni Council Meetings
Saturday, January 31
Saturday, April 18
Friday, October 2

New members elected

We are pleased to welcome John Meixner '95 '05, Regional Superintendent of Schools in Hancock and McDonough counties from Macomb, IL; Erika Lowe '09, Associate Director of Board and Committee Relations at the School of the Art Institute from Chicago; Tom O'Brien '07, Attorney at O'Brien and Somer in MoKena, IL, from Chicago; and Kellie Esters '93, Vice President of Fund Development and Donor Relations at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Health Foundation in Moline, IL, from Bettendorf, IA.

A letter from the Alumni Council President

Jeff McElroy
Dear Alumni and Friends:

For more than half of my life, WIU has been a part of who I am. For me personally, I will be forever indebted to Western Illinois University for providing me the opportunity to establish lifelong friendships and access to professors and advisors who served as mentors that facilitated my growth as a student, a leader and a person. It is with great humility and honor that I take the reins as the President of the Western Illinois University Alumni Association.

Rarely a day goes by that I do not encounter something WIU. Whether it is passing a giant purple billboard along a highway, a proudly displayed window decal or license plate, seeing someone wearing Leatherneck gear, or discovering a business contact that also has a WIU connection - I seem to notice WIU students and alumni almost everywhere. The tradition is for a new Alumni Council President to offer a challenge to our nearly 120,000 alumni across the world. Mine is very simple. Share your Western story.

The Western Illinois University experience is a unique one for each of us. Next time you come across a WIU connection in your life, make a point of acknowledging it. Come out to one of the many WIU Alumni events held around the country each year ( Take time to reconnect with an old roommate, fraternity/sorority member or former professor. Perhaps it is time to reflect on those at WIU that have made a difference in your life or career and thank them for their influence. However you decide to share your Western story, do it proudly. Once a Leatherneck, always a Leatherneck.

Jeffery L. McElroy
President, WIU Alumni Council

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 nomination 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 nomination form.

2014 - 2015 Council Members

Alumni Council Featured Member

Jim Carter 1975

Jim CarterDegree: Bachelor's degree in Biology from WIU, Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from NIU in 1980 and Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from NIU 1992

Business Information: Retired after a 34-year career in education as Science Department Chairperson at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois

Advice for Freshman: The lessons learned and experiences gained both academically and socially at WIU will serve you well in the future. Make sure you not only immerse yourself in your course work, but also make the most of the opportunities to join the numerous groups and activities found at WIU!

Favorite WIU Memory: Going back to Thompson Hall in the dark after a late afternoon chemistry lab with the feeling that I was actually walking home! Eating dinner on the 18th floor of that dormitory provided me with some of the most picturesque views of the campus I have ever witnessed. Also, I will also never forget sitting with my future wife and Theta Chi Fraternity brothers at Hanson Field as a part of a record crowd of 19,850 vs. Central Michigan. The surrounding campus buildings were colorfully framed by the beautiful red, yellow, and orange leaves of autumn on that crisp day in the in the fall of 1973.

Family Information: My wife Debbie is a 1975 graduate of WIU and currently teaches elementary education in Indian Prairie District 204. We have two daughters, Christie, who is a graduate of UW-Whitewater and currently teaching ELL in Milwaukee and Kelly, who is a 2009 graduate of WIU and will be attending NIU for her masters degree. I am an avid follower of Leatherneck athletics and college sports in general. I spent my early years coaching track and basketball and dabbled some in softball as well.

Other thoughts: WIU is an outstanding institution! It is our duty as graduates to let everyone know!