The University Council
(NIU Constitution, Article 1 and NIU Bylaws, Article 1)

Membership of the University Council 

NIU Constitution, Article 1

The University Council, in accordance with Board of Trustees Policies, has the power to:

1.1 Participate in the selection of faculty committees.

1.2 Advise the president on the appointment of administrative officers, including the selection of a president.

1.3 Participate and advise the president and the vice presidents in preparing and administering the annual budget, setting goals and priorities for the utilization of resources, and providing periodic evaluation of progress in achieving goals and priorities.

1.4 Participate and advise the president in determining basic policies with respect to campus planning and building construction and utilization.

1.5 Aid in developing basic policies for the university.

1.6 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.

1.7 Advise the president, and the vice presidents, on policies affecting the quality of student life on campus.

NIU Bylaws

1.1 Composition

1.1.1 The University Council shall consist of voting representatives of the university faculty, students, staff, and administration as follows: 

Eight tenure-track faculty members, one from each degree-granting college and University Libraries. Such tenure-track faculty from each degree-granting college and University Libraries, eligible to either be elected or to elect, shall include those who hold the rank of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor, and shall exclude the president, the president's staff, the executive vice president and provost, the executive vice president and provost's staff, the deans, and the deans’ staffs.

Two instructors as defined in the instructors’ collective bargaining agreement.

One clinical faculty member selected by the Council of Deans.

Four student members selected by the Student Government Association and one graduate student member selected by the Graduate Council.

Four supportive professional staff members selected by the Supportive Professional Staff Council.

Five operating staff members selected by the Operating Staff Council.

Four administrators including: the president of the university, the executive vice president and provost, the chief financial officer; and one dean selected by and from the deans.

1.1.2. The Faculty Senate president shall serve as the nonvoting chair.

1.1.3. The University Council shall have at least one elected member who is a member of a minority racial group.

1.1.4 Subject to the call of the University Council, other persons, serving as consultants, shall have the right to participate in the deliberations of the University Council, but shall not have the right to vote. 

1.2 Terms of Office

1.2.1 Persons elected to the position of University Council voting member shall serve terms of three years, except for persons elected as student representatives and operating staff representatives who shall serve terms of one year. The university president, the executive vice president and provost, and the chief financial officer shall serve for the duration of their term of office. The dean representative and the Faculty Senate president/University Council chair shall serve terms of one year.

Meets monthly on Wednesdays during the academic year from 3 to 5 p.m.
2023-24 meeting schedule: Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 6, Jan 31, Feb 28, Apr 3, May 1.

Membership of the University Council 


MEMBERSHIP

2022-2023

2023-2024

2024-2025

2025-2026

Faculty-BUS

Brad Cripe

Eunha Myung

Eunha Myung

Eunha Myung

Faculty-EDU

Fall-Bill Pitney
Spring-Katy Jaekel
for Conderman

Steve Howell

Steve Howell

Steve Howell

Faculty-EET

Rob Tatara for Martin

Kevin Martin

 Kevin Martin

 

Faculty-HHS

Janet Olson

Jane Rose Njue

Jane Rose Njue

Jane Rose Njue

Faculty-LAS

Carol Walther

Carol Walther

Carol Walther

 

Faculty-LAW

Marc Falkoff

Marc Falkoff

Marc Falkoff

 

Faculty-LIB

Larissa Garcia

Dee Anna Phares

Dee Anna Phares

Dee Anna Phares

Faculty-VPA

Greg Beyer

Fall-TBD
Spring-Greg Beyer

Greg Beyer

Greg Beyer

Instructor

Tammy Scheibe

Taylor Hartman

Taylor Hartman

Taylor Hartman

Instructor

Meredith Geller

 

 

Clinical Faculty

Wendy Vaughn

Wendy Vaughn

Wendy Vaughn

Wendy Vaughn

Student-SGA

Cole Hensley

 

 

Student-SGA

 

Chris English

 

 

Student-SGA

Dallas Douglass

Landon Larkin

 

 

Student-SGA

Fall-Honor Morgan
Spring-Raaif Majeed

 

 

 

Student-GC

Anna Simonson

Parisa Torkinejad Ziarati

 

 

SPS

Felicia Bohanon

Felicia Bohanon

Felicia Bohanon

Felicia Bohanon

SPS

Andrew Rogers

Christina Sutcliffe

Christina Sutcliffe

Christina Sutcliffe

SPS

Melanie Costello

Tom O'Grady

Tom O'Grady

Tom O'Grady

SPS

TBD for Boughton

Shannon Stoker

Shannon Stoker

Shannon Stoker

Operating Staff

Holly Nicholson Natasha Johnson

 

Operating Staff

Jay Monteiro

Jay Monteiro

 

Operating Staff

Linda Srygler Fall-Zac Birch
Spring-TBD for Birch

 

Operating Staff

Mark Pietrowski

Sara Richter

 

Operating Staff

John Hulseberg Tiffany Morris

 

President


Lisa Freeman

Lisa Freeman

 

     

Provost


Beth Ingram
Laurie Elish-Piper

 

 

CFO

Fall-John Heckmann for Cofer
Spring-George Middlemist

George Middlsmist

 

 

Dean

Paul Kassel

Bill Pitney

FS President (nonvoting)

Ismael Montana

Ben Creed

 

 

Nonvoting Consultants

2022-2023

2023-2024

2024-2025

2025-2026

FAC to IBHE representative

Linda Saborio

Linda Saborio

 Linda Saborio

Parliamentarian

Ferald Bryan

Ferald Bryan

 

 

Ombudsperson

Sandy Cox

Sandy Cox

 

 

Contact Us

University Council
Altgeld Hall 103

Benjamin Creed
President, Faculty Senate
Chair, University Council
bcreed@niu.edu

Pat Erickson
Administrative Assistant
pje@niu.edu

Linda Saborío
Faculty Advisory Council to the IBHE
lsaborio@niu.edu

Carrie Kortegast
Faculty Personnel Advisor
ckortegast@niu.edu

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