Montel M. Gayles

Term Expires: January 30, 2025

Member – Executive Committee
Member - Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Personnel Committee
Vice Chair - Finance, Audit, Compliance, Facilities and Operations Committee
Member - Research and Innovation, Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee

Office Address

Board of Trustees
Northern Illinois University
Altgeld Hall 300
DeKalb, IL 60115

Professional Experience

  • Vice President, Electrical Resource Management, Inc.
  • President, Gayles Consulting, P.C.
  • Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • Chief Procurement Officer, City of Chicago
  • Executive Director, Public Building Commission of Chicago
  • Chief of Staff, Chicago Housing Authority
  • Deputy Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Buildings
  • Assistant States Attorney, Cook County
  • Telecommunications Account Marketing Representative, IBM Corporation


  • J.D., Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • B.S., Northern Illinois University, Department of Communication Studies

Leadership and Public Service

  • NIU Foundation, 2012-2019
  • Kenwood Academy High School Local School Council Chair, 2018-Present
  • American Bar Association, 2017-Present
  • Cook County Bar Association, 2015-2018
  • Tuskegee Next Foundation Board, 2017-Present
  • Chatham Business Association Board, 2009-2017
  • Umbles Foundation Board, 2014-Present
  • Student Regent - NIU Board of Regents, 1982-1983
  • Student Association President, 1981-1982
  • Student Association Senate, 1980-1981