Contact: Joe King, NIU Office of Public Affairs
October 29, 2009
DeKalb, Ill. — The Illinois Senate today gave its approval of Gov. Pat Quinn’s appointment of Manuel “Manny” Sanchez to a third term on the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees.
Sanchez, of Lisle, has served on the board since its inception in 1995 and was its chair from 2001 until 2003. He currently serves as chair of the Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee; and as vice chair of the Legislation, Audit and External Affairs Committee.
News of the reappointment was welcomed on campus.
“Manny has always been a tireless advocate for the university and one of its most vocal supporters. He has helped guide the university through good times and through some of our darkest hours over the last 14 years and we are grateful that he will be with us as we confront a new set of challenges in the 21st century,” NIU President John Peters said.
An alumnus of NIU, Sanchez graduated in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He earned his juris doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 and went on to found what is now Sanchez Daniels and Hoffman LLP, the second-largest minority-owned law firm in the United States.
He has been a vital and visible force on campus, whether testifying at budget hearings or cheering on Huskie athletic teams. He has worked tirelessly to keep education affordable and has made noteworthy contributions to the development of the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies on campus.
All of these things make Sanchez a vital piece of the board, said Marc Strauss, who currently chairs the NIU Board of Trustees. “Manny is a distinguished alum, a valued colleague and an outspoken supporter of NIU. I couldn’t be more pleased that he has been confirmed for another term.”
Sanchez’s work at NIU is one of many examples of his public service.
In addition, he has served on the United Way/Crusade of Mercy Board of Directors, co-chaired Chicago United and helped found the Mexican American Lawyers Association and the Latin American Bar Association. He has served as a trustee for Illinois Benedictine College, St. Ignatius College Prep and sits the Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Among his many awards and honors, Sanchez received the International Rauol Wallenburg Humanitarian Award in 1998 and the John Woodworth Leslie Humanitarian Award in 1997. He and his family were named the Illinois Hispanic Family of the Year in 1990.
Sanchez said he is excited to continue his service to NIU.
“I am grateful to Gov. Quinn for nominating me to another term on the board and for the senate’s approval,” he said. “It is an honor and a privilege to continue serving my alma mater, and I look forward to continuing the tremendous roll that the university has been on under the leadership of Dr. Peters.”
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