Daniel J. Turner, acting director of NIUís Academic Advising Center, met over the weekend in Chicago with other national leaders of Mortar Board to make vital decisions regarding the future of the prominent national honor society for college seniors.
Turner currently serves on the organizationís board of directors, the National Council. He was elected to serve at two-year term as the boardís president-elect at the 2007 Mortar Board National Conference. His term as president-elect will end in July 2009, and he will then serve as national president until July 2011.
He has previously served on the national council as vice president (2005-2007), as a regional section coordinator for Illinois and Wisconsin (1995-2005) and is the recipient of the Excellence in Advising Award for chapter advisers (2003) and national Ruth Mount Fellowship (2002). Additionally, he served as a student adviser to the organizationís national conference in 1995 and as the NIU chapter president (1994-1995).
Turner holds a B.S. in psychology (1995) and a M.S.Ed. in instructional technology (1998), both from NIU. He currently is working on a Ph.D. in higher education administration at Loyola University Chicago. Additionally, he serves as the adviser to the NIU Mortar Board chapter.
As a National Council member, Turner meets with other national leaders of Mortar Board, travels as an official representative of the organization and makes decisions that guide the long-term future of the organization. Specifically, Turner coordinates the work of the national standing committees.
Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from the four founding chapters to 223 chartered collegiate and 25 active alumni chapters with nearly 250,000 initiated members across the nation.