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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.

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.

2023 Alumni Council Meetings

  • Saturday, April 15
  • Friday, October 13

2022 - 2023 Council Members

Alumni Council Featured Member

Thom Cornelis 1971

BA in Communication Arts & Sciences

Business Information: Retired after 44 years of TV/radio broadcasting the Quad Cities.

Advice for Freshman: Freshman...go to later. Make sure you become a sophomore!

Favorite WIU Memory: Winning the 1st All-University Winter Olympics with my TKE brothers.

Family Information:  I met my wife, Marcia, at WIU and we have been married for 47 years and we have 7 grandchildren. I currently work at TPC Deere Run and serve as the Quad City Coordinator of the WIU Leatherneck Club.