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Cherilyn Murer
Cherilyn G. Murer

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News Release

Contact: Melanie Magara, Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-1681

July 3, 2007

Murer elected chair of NIU governing board

DEKALB Ė Suburban health care executive and NIU alumna Cherilyn G. Murer has been elected chair of the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees.

Murer, a resident of Homer Glen, is president and CEO of The Murer Group, a legal-based healthcare consulting company headquartered in Joliet. A former director of rehabilitation medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Murer and her firm now represent hospitals and health systems throughout the United States, providing strategic planning services and assistance in complying with complex state and federal regulations.

Appointed to the NIU board in 2005 by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Murer has served as vice chair, chair of the academic affairs committee, and head of a board subcommittee overseeing development of NIUís new proton therapy treatment and research institute at the DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago.

Murer is an alumna of the NIU College of Law, serves on its Board of Visitors, and in 2003 received the Collegeís Distinguished Alumnus award. She is also a member of the NIU Foundation Board of Directors, and has chaired that groupís development committee.

"Supporting my university is a labor of love," Murer said, "and my goals reflect that feeling. Iíd like to see my tenure as chair marked by a renewed emphasis on academic excellence, support for research and artistry, and increased recognition of NIU as a center of excellence and opportunity for talented students and faculty."

Murerís term as chair began July 1. Other officers elected include Marc Strauss of DeKalb as vice chair and Myron Siegel of Bannockburn as secretary.