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WIU Budget Director Matt Bierman: Fall 2015 College of Business and Technology Executive in Residence

November 10, 2015

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University Alumnus Matt Bierman, budget director and director of business services, has been named the 2015 Executive in Residence for the WIU College of Business and Technology (CBT). Bierman graduated from Western in 1997 with a bachelor's degree and received his MBA in 2003.

He will deliver the 2015 Executive in Residence keynote address at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 in Stipes Hall 121. The address is open free to the public.

The Executive in Residence program was started in 2005 by two former WIU professors, Jim and Carolyn Tripp. Executives visit the WIU campus to speak about their careers and share insight with students.

Bierman Background

Bierman has served as budget director since April 2012. As the budget director, he is responsible for developing the University's $240 million All-Funds Budget, recommending tuition and fee rates, and the annual legislative reporting to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Legislature and the governor's office. In addition to serving as budget director, Bierman has been leading Business Services since September 2014. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, Bierman will also serve as the interim vice president of administrative services at Western.

He served as the interim budget director from July 2011 to April 2012. Previously, Bierman had served as the director of residential facilities. In that role, he was responsible for organizing and monitoring a $40 million budget, organizing room and board rates and monitoring debt service and food services. He also oversaw all facilities-related issues for University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS). Bierman began working in Western's UHDS in 1999 as the Bayliss-Henninger complex director.

Bierman serves as an instructor in the college student personnel program and is a member of the IT Governance Council and the Enterprise System Task Force. He is a member of the Auxiliary Facilities Systems Committee (AFS) and is the past president of GLACUHO (Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers). In the community, Bierman is a member of the Macomb Community Unit School District No. 185 Board and the Macomb Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee.

While an undergraduate at WIU, Bierman was a resident assistant and was a member of the Student Government Association, Inter-Hall Council, the National Residence Hall Honorary and the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. He also served as treasurer of the Management Information Systems Association, as a cooperative student at NTN Bower and as a member of the Student Leadership and Development Board, the Student Orientation Team and Student Orientation Staff.

"There is no doubt that Western shaped who I am today. The opportunities in the college and in my extracurricular activities allowed me space to hone my skills as a young leader and have influenced my career," Bierman said. "I was blessed with great mentors and organizations that challenged me and pushed me to reach my full potential."

In addition to bachelor's and MBA degrees from Western, Bierman holds a master's degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University.

For more information about the Executive in Residence, contact WIU CBT Director of Development, Becky Paulsen at (309) 298-2442 or via email at

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