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

June 25, 2009

DeKalb resident, Rockford executive
to lead NIU governing board

DeKalb — DeKalb resident Marc J. Strauss, general counsel for First Rockford Group in Rockford, Ill., has been elected chair of the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University.

Strauss, who was first appointed to the board in 2005, most recently served as its vice chair.  He has also chaired the Legislation, Audit and External Affairs Committee, and is the NIU board’s liaison to the Universities Civil Service Merit Board – a statewide body that Strauss has chaired for more than two years. 

“Marc is well-regarded and respected by his colleagues on this board, and he brings tremendous expertise to the position at a time when leadership of any public body is an extraordinary challenge,” said outgoing Board Chair Cherilyn G. Murer.

For his part, Strauss said “respect, transparency and accountability” will mark his tenure as board chair. 

“We will be working very diligently within our shared governance system to look in greater depth at our budget and resource allocation,” Strauss said.  “The financial crisis we face today requires this board to have a far deeper understanding of NIU resources and systems in order to protect the quality of our teaching and research, as well as the objectives of our strategic plan, all while keeping an NIU education affordable for our students.”

Strauss holds three degrees from Northwestern University and is a member of the DeKalb, Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations.  He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Rockford, Illinois and National Associations of Realtors.  He has been associated with First Rockford Group since 2001, and previously held law firm partnerships in  Sycamore, DeKalb and Chicago.

In addition to his professional work, Strauss has been an active volunteer in many DeKalb-area civic organizations, including TAILS Humane Society, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, DeKalb Park District and Kishwaukee-DeKalb Kiwanis.  

Other board officers elected today include vice chair John Butler of Chicago and secretary Robert Boey of DeKalb.  All board officer terms begin July 1.

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