On July 29, 2016, Governor Rauner signed Senate Bill 2174 into law, which amends the BHE Act and requires public university Board of Trustees members to undergo leadership training. Public Act 99-0695 requires every voting member of the governing Board of a public university appointed for a term beginning after January 1, 2016 to complete a minimum of 4 hours of professional development leadership training. The training topics to be covered shall include, but are not limited to public university and labor law, contract law, ethics, sexual violence on campus, financial oversight and accountability, audits, and fiduciary responsibilities of a member of a governing board within 2 years after beginning service and within every 2 years of service thereafter. The training may be provided by the IBHE, or an entity approved by the IBHE. Universities are required to provide training completion information for individual trustees on their website, and University board chairs are required to certify to the IBHE by July 31st of each year, the successful completion of training by any of its members during the preceding year.
To fulfill the leadership training called for in P.A. 99-695, Governor Rauner’s First Annual Public University Trustees Conference was held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in Chicago. Public University Trustees and Public University Presidents were invited to the day-long session which was organized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Association of Governing Boards.