1. Announcements and Remarks by Chairman Philip J. Rock
Chairman Rock called the meeting to order and noted that a quorum was present. He
said: “We have a great deal to cover, so my remarks will be brief. I want first to thank President
Victor Boschini and the Illinois State University community for the reception last night and for
the very nice accommodations for the meeting today.
“Jane Williamson, who has resigned from the Board, unfortunately will not be with us.
She is in New York. Later today, we will present a resolution on her behalf.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Keith Sanders for his leadership during the past four
and a half years as the Executive Director of our Board. This is the last meeting at which Keith
will be with us as the Executive Director. We will have a resolution in his favor a little later.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce Daniel LaVista, who will succeed Keith as
the Executive Director on May 1 this year. Dan was selected from a list of very impressive
candidates and has an exemplary professional record. He started his professional career at Illinois
State University, and currently serves as President of McHenry County College.” Those present
warmly applauded Dr. LaVista.
Chairman Rock continued, “I learned last night that Katie Cox, who has served as the
chair of the Student Advisory Committee, will shortly be joining the Board as the student
representative. We welcome that and commend those students who voted for her and her obvious
interest and commitment. We will be meeting in executive session for a short time following the
conclusion of today’s meeting. It is an advisory meeting and no action will be taken. Following
the executive session, Board Members are encouraged to meet with the members of the Executive
Committee of the Student Advisory Committee.”
2. Remarks by Victor J. Boschini, President, Illinois State University
President Boschini said: “Good morning, and thank you very much for coming today. I
want to welcome all of you on this great spring day to Illinois State University in Normal.
Professor Gove told me earlier that Richard Browne was the first Executive Director of the IBHE
and was also a political scientist from Illinois State University.
“I want to congratulate Dr. Sanders and thank him on behalf of the University and
everyone here for all you have done for higher education. I know we have a big agenda today
and a limited amount of time, so I just will once again welcome everyone to Illinois State
Professor Gove said: “Dick Browne really established this Board and got the master plan
going. He was a fine gentleman.”
3. Remarks by Keith R. Sanders, Executive Director
Dr. Sanders said: “I want to thank President Vic Boschini for arranging an event for me
last evening where the presidents and chancellors had a chance to say some kind things about me,
some of which were actually true. I appreciate his hospitality and their kind remarks.
“On March 7, at this University, the Board and its co-sponsors held a conference on the
future role of community colleges in teacher preparation. It was well and enthusiastically
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