Human Resources

Employee Spotlight Terri Coplan

Terri Coplan

Office Manager
Communication Department

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -Aesop

Terri works in the Communication Department as an Office Manager. She has worked in this position/department since September 2001. Prior to working in the Communication Dept., Terri worked in various classifications in the following departments: Financial Aid, Alumni Relations, Marketing, Finance, &Transportation; Health Sciences, Law Enforcement &Justice Administration, Military Science, Geography, Student Insurance, Honors Program, and the Centennial Honors College. Terri has worked in the Communication Dept. since September 2001. Terri's responsibilities include: managing the office, meeting the needs of the faculty and students, and the departmental budget. When asked what she enjoys most about her job, Terri shared, "I like the interaction with the faculty and students. The faculty in this department are an amazing group of individuals, and I have always enjoyed working with them. I also find it rewarding to work with our students…to watch them grow, mature, and learn as they are completing their degree is always a joy." Among Terri's most memorable experiences at Western Illinois University, Terri sites the graduation of her two children from here as an extremely memorable and proud moment. "It was also memorable when I earned my degree from WIU." Terri also appreciates the opportunity to take classes and participate in Leathernecks In Training, and many of the Employee Wellness Programs. Terri's WIU journey happened while she was working at the YMCA, at the time. Someone suggested she come to WIU to do some testing. She had attended Western after high school, so she decided to test. When she was initially hired, she began working in the Financial Aid Office which, at that time, was in Room 5 in the basement of Sherman Hall. Terri enjoys walking around the beautiful WIU campus on a spring day, and even finds the beauty in the snow in the winter! When Terri is not supporting her department at work, she enjoys photography, reading, bicycling, crocheting, and serving others. She is always up for any new adventures!

HR salutes Terri Coplan as one of our many committed Civil Service employees at WIU!