University Legal Services

James A. Venskus

Assistant to the
Vice President and General Counsel

James Venskus

Professional Background

A sociologist, teacher, business executive and Organization Development Specialist by training, Jim brings extensive experience to NIU -- as a former secondary teacher and department chair, a national travel industry senior executive in operations, process and staff development, quality consultant, and academic, technical and management development training,  After providing consulting services to job seekers in resume services, database and website design, Jim fled retirement to join the University legal staff in 2005.  Jim is member and a past Director and member of several commissions with the 501c3 not-for-profit, The Saints: Volunteers for the Performing Arts located in Chicago.


  • Financial, personnel and administrative oversight and support
  • Division Process Development including technology adaptation and web information
  • Division personnel records, Division finance and accounting and administrative reporting. 
  • Handles state-mandated university vehicle certifications
  • Assists the General Counsel


  • A.B. Loyola University Chicago, IL
  • M.A., summa cum laude, Loyola University Chicago, IL
  • Professional Certificates
    • ABA Paralegal Certificate, summa cum laude, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
    • Programming and System Design, Harper College, Palatine, IL
    • Web Marketing, Illinois institute of Technology, Chicago, IL