University Council
(Constitution, Article 1)

Membership of the University Council


  1. The University Council consists of 31 tenured full-time, regular university faculty members, including department chairs, one representative from the faculty of the University Libraries elected by that faculty, the president of the Operating Staff Council and one other ex officio nonvoting member, the president of the Supportive Professional Staff Council and one other ex officio nonvoting member, the president of the Student Association, and 14 student members. The student members shall be chosen in the following manner: one student representative and that representative's alternate shall be chosen by the student advisory committee of each degree-granting college and seven student representatives and their alternates shall be appointed by September 10 by the Student Association president with the advice and consent of the Student Association Senate.

    Among the ex officio members are 11 voting members, including the president, the executive vice president and provost, and the dean of each of the degree-granting colleges, University Library and the Graduate School. There will be four ex-officio non-voting members:  the associate provost for Student Affairs and three additional members of the university administration to be designated by the president.

    The faculty representatives shall be elected by the faculty members of the colleges and the University Libraries, excluding the president's staff and the provost's staff, members of the Council of Deans, associate deans, assistant deans, assistants to deans, and members of the Supportive Professional Staff, with a minimum of one representative from any one college. The distribution of the remaining members shall reflect the ratio between the number of regular full-time faculty members in each college, excluding the Supportive Professional Staff, to the total number of such faculty members in all colleges, this being the number reported by the executive vice president and provost on January 1 of each year. This ratio shall be reviewed by the Elections Committee of the University Council every third year prior to the election in those years which are multiples of three, and the distribution of membership adjusted if need be.

  2. The University Council, in accordance with Board of Trustees' Governance Documents, has the power:

    1. To establish the educational and academic policies of the university;

    2. To be concerned with and to participate actively in decisions made on other matters that may directly affect educational policies for which the University Council is primarily responsible;

    3. To act upon reports from designated committees, boards, commissions, or councils  whose actions affect the educational and academic policies of the university;

    4. To advise on policies regarding academic salaries, sabbatical leaves, tenure, and  promotion as follows: establish a personnel committee which will review and approve, in accordance with the bylaws of the university, policy recommendations concerning salary and all recommendations pertaining to tenure, promotion in rank, and sabbatical leaves, and report such recommendations to the University Council.

    5. To establish such standing and temporary committees as may be necessary for the  discharge of its responsibilities; to define the membership, jurisdiction, and authority of such committees; to resolve disputes among committees thus established; and to act on the reports submitted by such committees.

    6. To advise the president, and the vice presidents, on policies affecting the quality of student life on campus.

For details please see Constitution and Bylaws of Northern Illinois University.

Meets one Wednesday of each month from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

†President & Chair John G. Peters
†Executive Vice President & Provost Ivan Legg
Dean, College of Business David Graf
Dean, College of Education Christine Sorensen
Dean, College of Engineering and Enginnering Technology øPromod Vohra
Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences Shirley Richmond
Dean, College of Law LeRoy Pernell
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Frederick Kitterle
Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts Harold Kafer
Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate School Rathindra Bose
Dean, University Library Arthur Young
×Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Hemphill
Ex officio, nonvoting members 
(appointed by the president)
         ×Vice President Administration Anne Kaplan
         ×Vice Provost Earl Seaver
         ×Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations Eddie Williams

Business David Wade Rick Ridnour Rick Ridnour Rick Ridnour
Business Sally Ann Webber Sally Ann Webber Sally Ann Webber
Business John Engstrom David Wade
Education Corenna Cummings Corenna Cummings
Education Carole Minor Carole Minor
Education Richard Orem Richard Orem Richard Orem
Education Amy Rose **Jean Pierce Amy Rose
Education Rebecca Butler Toni Tollerud Toni Tollerud Toni Tollerud
Engineering & Eng. Tech. Xueshu Song Xueshu Song Xueshu Song Xueshu Song
Engineering & Eng. Tech. Shin-Min Simon Song Shin-Min Simon Song
Health and Human Sciences Patricia Fox Brigid Lusk
Health and Human Sciences Ken Burns Ken Burns Ken Burns
Health and Human Sciences Sherilyn Spear Jody Newman-Ryan Jody Newman-Ryan Jody Newman-Ryan
Law Elvia Arriola John Walton John Walton John Walton
Liberal Arts & Sciences Colin Booth Colin Booth Colin Booth
Liberal Arts & Sciences Michael Kolb Michael Kolb Michael Kolb Michael Kolb
Liberal Arts & Sciences Lynn Kamenitsa Lynn Kamenitsa
Liberal Arts & Sciences Gretchen Bisplinhoff  Janice Hamlet Janice Hamlet Janice Hamlet
Liberal Arts & Sciences *Sue Willis William Baker William Baker William Baker
Liberal Arts & Sciences John Wolfskill John Wolfskill John Wolfskill John Wolfskill
Liberal Arts & Sciences Patricia Henry Patricia Henry Patricia Henry
Liberal Arts & Sciences Angela Powers Gretchen Bisplinghoff
Liberal Arts & Sciences Fahui Wang Fahui Wang
Liberal Arts & Sciences Paul Stoddard *Paul Stoddard Paul Stoddard
Liberal Arts & Sciences David Gorman David Gorman David Gorman
Liberal Arts & Sciences William Tolhurst William Tolhurst
Liberal Arts & Sciences Brad Peters Brad Peters Brad Peters
University Libraries Jitka Hurych Jitka Hurych
Visual & Performing Arts William Goldenberg William Goldenberg
Visual & Performing Arts Larry Gregory Larry Gregory Larry Gregory
Visual & Performing Arts Jeff Kowalski Kent Gallagher Kent Gallagher Kent Gallagher
Visual & Performing Arts Deborah Smith-Shank Deborah Smith-Shank
xParliamentarian Ferald Bryan Ferald Bryan
Supportive Professional Staff Beverly Espe Shey Lowman
Supportive Professional Staff Norden Gilbert Norden Gilbert
Operating Staff Sara Clayton Donna Smith
Operating Staff Joe Koch Sara Clayton
xAssistant Chair, APC Aimee Prawitz Payvar Parviz
xAssistant Chair, GC James Lockard Diana Swanson
xAssistant Chair, UCC James Stewart Art Doederlein
xFAC to IBHE Patricia Henry Patricia Henry
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Sue Willis *Paul Stoddard
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Xueshu Song Xueshu Song Xueshu Song
xUniversity Advisory Comm. William Tolhurst Ferald Bryan
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Paul Loubere Joseph "Buck" Stephen Joseph "Buck" Stephen Joseph "Buck" Stephen
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Beverly Espe Shey Lowman
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Sara Clayton Donna Smith
Student Association President Shaun Crisler Craig Marcus
Student Association  Adam Novotney Adam Novotney
Student Association Andrew Becerra Jarquetta Egeston
Student Association  Nick Pappanduros Nick Pappanduros
Student Association  Eric Johnson Kevin Miller
Student Association Andrew Nelms Andrew Nelms
Student Association Brooke Robinson Brooke Robinson
Student Association James Barr
SAC Business Charlove Graham
SAC Education Jessica Buffo
SAC HHS Stephanie Bywater Strader
SAC LAS Stephanie Gandsey Christoper Boughton
SAC LAW Bill Kinney
SAC VPA Delia Ramirez
Graduate Student Christopher Schneider Saraliz Jimenez Kazmi
xFaculty Senate Vice President James Lockard Joseph "Buck" Stephen
xFaculty Senate Secretary Gretchen Bisplinghoff Radha Balamurilikrishna
            † Ex officio            
            * Executive Secretary of University Council and President of Faculty Senate
            ×Ex officio, nonvoting members
         **J. Pierce serve for A. Rose (sabbatical)


Parliamentarian to the University Council (Bylaws, Article 3.13)  Ferald Bryan
Faculty Personnel Advisor (Bylaws, Article 9)   Curtiss K. Behrens
Representative: Faculty Advisory Committee to the Board of Higher Education   Patricia Henry (four-year term) (Bylaws, Article 15.5) (2001-2005) (alternate)

Representatives: State Universities Retirement System (SURS)
Robert E. Miller
(2003-2006), James Lockard (2003-2006)