University News

Trustee Richardson Resigns To Take NC Position

November 1, 2005

Share |
Printer friendly version

MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University trustee and alumni Dace Richardson of Wheaton, IL, has announced his resignation from the Board, effective Nov. 3.

Richardson accepted a position with SPX Corporation, Raleigh, NC, as vice president of operational excellence. The position will require relocation to North Carolina. Legislation governing the composition of Western and other Illinois public universities requires trustees to reside in the state. Richardson will be responsible for implementing lean manufacturing, one of six key initiatives for SPX. He will report to the chief operating officer at SPX.

“Dace has provided exceptional service to the University as an officer and member of the Board,” said Western President Al Goldfarb. “He is a strong supporter of Western and an outstanding alumni ambassador. His involvement and advocacy as a trustee will be sorely missed.”

Richardson was vice chairperson of the Board and served as the Board's representative to the State Universities Civil Service Systems Merit Board.

Prior to accepting his new position he was an engagement leader for Ingersoll-Rand Corporation, Global Consulting Group. He served (1997-2002) as manufacturing engineer manager for the Eaton Corporation. He has also held several management and engineering positions at both Boeing North America and Northrop Grumman (1985-1997). Richardson has a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology from Western Illinois University, a master's degree in industrial technology from Illinois State University, and an MBA from DePaul University.

While attending Western (1977-1981), he was a Leathernecks football player and in 1981 he briefly played for the New York Giants. Richardson was recognized by the Engineering Council with the "Engineering Merit Award" in 1995, and he has received numerous awards throughout his career for excellence in developing team leadership approaches and for promoting workforce diversity/equal opportunity.

Richardson was named to the Board for a six-year term in 2001. There are now two trustee vacancies. Bill Edley, former state representative for the Macomb area, resigned in August to accept employment in the Department of Corrections. The Edley term runs through 2011. Trustee appointments are made by the Governor with approval from the Illinois Senate.

Posted By: WIU News (
Office of University Relations