The University Council
(NIU Constitution, Article 1 and 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.
2020-21 meeting dates: Sep 9, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 31, Apr 28

Membership of the University Council 


MEMBERSHIP

2021-2022

2022-2023

2023-2024

2024-2025

Faculty-BUS

Brad Cripe

Brad Cripe

 

 

Faculty-EDU

Greg Conderman

Greg Conderman

 

Faculty-EET

Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

 Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

Faculty-HHS

Janet Olson

Janet Olson

 

 

Faculty-LAS

Simón Weffer

Carol Walther

Carol Walther

Carol Walther

Faculty-LAW

Matt Timko for Arado

Marc Falkoff

Marc Falkoff

Marc Falkoff

Faculty-LIB

Larissa Garcia

Larissa Garcia

 

Faculty-VPA

Greg Beyer

Greg Beyer

 

 

Instructor

Tammy Scheibe

Tammy Scheibe

 

 

Instructor

Meredith Stange

Meredith Stange

 

 

Clinical Faculty

Wendy Vaughn

Wendy Vaughn

 

 

Student-SGA

Devlin Collins

 

 

 

Student-SGA

Fall-Dallas Douglass
Spring-TBD

 

 

 

Student-SGA

James Holmes

 

 

 

Student-SGA

Jacob Burg

 

 

 

Student-GC

Robert Poyser

 

 

 

SPS

Felicia Bohanon for Doederlein

TBD

 

 

SPS

Fall-Terry Borg
Spring-Andrew Rogers

Andrew Rogers

 

 

SPS

Melanie Costello

Melanie Costello

 

 

SPS

Debra Boughton

Debra Boughton

 

 

Operating Staff

Linda Yates

 

Operating Staff

Jay Monteiro



 

Operating Staff

John Hulseberg



 

Operating Staff

Holly Nicholson



 

Operating Staff

Lauren Teso-Warner

 

President


Lisa Freeman

Lisa Freeman

 

     

Provost


Beth Ingram

Beth Ingram

 

 

CFO

Sarah Chinniah

James Cofer

 

 

Dean

Laurie Elish-Piper

 

FS President (nonvoting)

Peter Chomentowski

Ismael Montana

 

 

Nonvoting Consultants

2021-2022

2022-2023

2023-2024

2024-2025

FAC to IBHE representative

Linda Saborio

Linda Saborio

 Linda Saborio

 Linda Saborio

Parliamentarian

Ferald Bryan

 

 

 

Ombudsperson

Merlynette Griffin

 

 

 

Contact Us

University Council
Altgeld Hall 103

Peter Chomentowski
President, Faculty Senate
Chair, University Council
815-753-9306
pchomentowski@niu.edu

Pat Erickson
Administrative Assistant
815-753-1732
pje@niu.edu

Steven Howell
Faculty Personnel Advisor
showell2@niu.edu

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

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