The University Council 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 voting member, the president of the Supportive Professional Staff Council and one other voting 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 Ryamond Alden, III
Dean, College of Business Denise Schoenbahler
Dean, College of Education Christine Sorensen
Dean, College of Engineering and Enginnering Technology Promod Vohra
Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences Shirley Richmond
Dean, College of Law LeRoy Pernell
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #Joseph Grush
Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts Harold Kafer
Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate School Rathindra Bose
Dean, University Library ØMary Munroe
×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 Rick Ridnour Rick Ridnour    
Business Sally Ann Webber David Wade David Wade  David Wade 
Business David Wade Diane Docking Diane Docking  
Education Corenna Cummings Rebecca Butler Rebecca Butler  
Education Carole Minor M. Cecil Smith M. Cecil Smith  
Education Richard Orem Laurie Elish-Piper Laurie Elish-Piper Laurie Elish-Piper
Education Amy Rose Jean Pierce Jean Pierce Jean Pierce
Education Toni Tollerud Toni Tollerud    
Engineering & Eng. Tech. Xueshu Song Xueshu Song    
Engineering & Eng. Tech. Shin-Min Simon Song Shin-Min Simon Song Shin-Min Simon Song  
Health and Human Sciences Brigid Lusk Brigid Lusk Brigid Lusk  
Health and Human Sciences Nancy Castle Linda Derscheid Linda Derscheid Linda Derscheid
Health and Human Sciences Jody Newman-Ryan Jody Newman-Ryan    
Law John Walton John Walton    
Liberal Arts & Sciences Colin Booth Joseph "Buck" Stephen Joseph "Buck" Stephen Joseph "Buck" Stephen
Liberal Arts & Sciences Michael Kolb Michael Kolb    
Liberal Arts & Sciences Lynn Kamenitsa Lynn Kamenitsa Lynn Kamenitsa  
Liberal Arts & Sciences Janice Hamlet Janice Hamlet    
Liberal Arts & Sciences William Baker William Baker    
Liberal Arts & Sciences John Wolfskill John Wolfskill    
Liberal Arts & Sciences Patricia Henry Eric Mogren Eric Mogren Eric Mogren
Liberal Arts & Sciences Gretchen Bisplinghoff Amy Newman Amy Newman  
Liberal Arts & Sciences Fahui Wang Jay Stravers Jay Stravers  
Liberal Arts & Sciences *Paul Stoddard Paul Stoddard  Paul Stoddard Paul Stoddard 
Liberal Arts & Sciences David Gorman James Giles James Giles James Giles
Liberal Arts & Sciences William Tolhurst William Tolhurst William Tolhurst  
Liberal Arts & Sciences Brad Peters Brad Peters    
University Libraries Jitka Hurych Byron Anderson Byron Anderson  
Visual & Performing Arts William Goldenberg Debra Grall Debra Grall  
Visual & Performing Arts Larry Gregory Lee Sido Lee Sido Lee Sido
Visual & Performing Arts Kent Gallagher Kent Gallagher    
Visual & Performing Arts Deborah Smith-Shank Jeff Kowalski Jeff Kowalski  
xParliamentarian Ferald Bryan Ferald Bryan    
Supportive Professional Staff Shey Lowman Bobbie Cesarek    
Supportive Professional Staff Norden Gilbert Todd Latham    
Operating Staff Donna Smith Rachel Turner    
Operating Staff Sara Clayton      
xAssistant Chair, APC Denise Schoenbachler    
xAssistant Chair, GC Yale Factor    
xAssistant Chair, UCC Art Doederlein    
xFAC to IBHE Patricia Henry      
xUniversity Advisory Comm. *Paul Stoddard *Paul Stoddard    
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Xueshu Song Xueshu Song    
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Ferald Bryan Ferald Bryan Ferald Bryan  
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Joseph "Buck" Stephen Joseph "Buck" Stephen    
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Shey Lowman Bobbie Cesarek    
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Rachel Turner Rachel Turner    
Student Association President DuJuan Smith Adam Novotney    
Student Association  Jarquetta Egeston    
Student Association Craign Marcus    
Student Association  Nick Pappanduros    
Student Association  Paulette Tolene    
Student Association John Acardo    
Student Association Aaron Langguth    
Student Association      
SAC Business        
SAC Education        
SAC EET        
SAC HHS        
SAC LAS        
SAC LAW Jeffrey Meyer    
SAC VPA        
Graduate Student        
xFaculty Senate Vice President Joseph "Buck" Stephen    
xFaculty Senate Secretary Radha Balamurilikrishna    

Parliamentarian to the University Council (Bylaws, Article 3.13)  Ferald Bryan
Faculty Personnel Advisor (Bylaws, Article 9)   Alan Rosenbaum
Representative: Faculty Advisory Committee to the Board of Higher Education (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)