Robert W. Pritchard

Robert W. Pritchard

Term expires: January 13, 2023

Board Secretary
Member – Executive Committee
Chair - Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Personnel Committee
Member - 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

Professional Experience

  • Illinois House of Representatives, 2003-2018
  • Executive Director, Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation, 2003
  • Industrial and Government Relations specialist, Monsanto Company, 1998-2003
  • Communications Director, DeKalb Genetics, DeKalb, IL, 1982-1998
  • Broadcast and Account Manager, Ad Creation, DeKalb, IL, 1980-1982
  • DeKalb County Extension Director, University of Illinois, DeKalb, 1979-1980
  • Farm Owner/operator, Pritchard Farms, Hinckley, IL, 1974-present
  • Assistant Extension Editor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1972-1974
  • Radio-TV Farm Broadcaster, WMT Stations, Cedar Rapids, IA, 1968-1972


  • Masters degree, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Radio-TV Production and Direction, 1968
  • Bachelor degree, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in Agricultural Communications, 1967

Selected Leadership and Public Service

  • Republican Spokesperson on various House education committees, 2009-2018
  • Member of Bipartisan Legislative Working Group on higher education, 2017-2018
  • Member board of directors DeKalb County History Center board of directors, 2018-present
  • President Hinckley Historical Society, 2017-present
  • Member Governor’s Commission on School Funding Reform, 2016-2017
  • Board member and President, Alumni Association of Alpha Gamma Rho Social-Professional Fraternity, UIUC, 1998-2001
  • Member University of Illinois Chancellor’s Commission to Reorganize Extension System, 1996-1999
  • Board member and President Illinois 4-H Foundation, 1988-1994
  • Member National FFA Sponsors Board, 1990-1991
  • Board member and President National Agriculture Relations Council, 1978-1986
  • Member and Chair DeKalb County Board, 1990-2003
  • Member and Executive Committee, DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board, 1988-2003
  • Member Hinckley-Big Rock District 429 Board of Education, 1980-1988
  • Board member and President Ben Gordon Mental Health Center, 1975-1981
  • Member and President Hinckley Lions Club, 1975-present
  • Member Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary, 1998-present

Selected Awards and Recognition

  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Aurora University, 2018
  • Illinois Community College Trustees Association’s highest award, 2018
  • Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Lifetime Contribution Award, 2018
  • Association of Fire Fighters of Illinois Lifetime Award, 2018
  • Illinois School Psychologists Association Service Award, 2018
  • Kishwaukee College John Roberts Award for Service to the college, 2018
  • Illinois Association of Park Districts Outstanding Legislator Award, 2017
  • Public Service Award, Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council, 2008
  • Brother of the Century Award, Alpha Gamma Rho social-professional national fraternity, 2004
  • University of Illinois Loyalty Award for service to the university, 2002
  • Founders Award for outstanding professional work, national Agriculture Relations Council, 1978