About University Center

Governing Board

According to the University Center of Lake County By-laws, the Governing Board acts as the Board of Directors of the corporation and is composed of the following members:

Up to 8 residents of Lake County, including one member of the College of Lake County Board of Trustees. Members shall reflect the diverse regions, groups, and employers that reside in the county.

Up to 6 representatives from the member institutions including one student. The representatives of member institutions shall include the Chairperson of the Council of Member Institutions and up to four other representatives chosen by the Council of Member Institutions from among its members. Of these four Governing Board positions, only one seat can be held by a representative of a proprietary institution.  The student member shall be elected by the Center’s Student Advisory Committee.  One representative from Northern Illinois University, for as long as a Memorandum of Understanding concerning organizational alignment is in effect between the University Center and Northern Illinois University.

2018 Governing Board Members

Matthew J. Hlinak
Acting Chair
Assistant Provost for Continuing Studies & Special Initiatives
Dominican University

Wesley Lindahl
Immediate Past Chair
Dean and Nils Axelson Professor of Nonprofit Management
School of Business & Nonprofit Management
North Park University

Jackie Tompkins
Controller, Business Development, External Affairs & General Counsel

Anne Kaplan
Vice President, Outreach, Engagement, & Regional Development
Northern Illinois University

P. Denise Cobb
Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Catherine Finger
College of Lake County Board of Trustees

Luis Fuentes
Luis Fuentes Group
Remax Showcase

Martin Mireles
Student member

Carol Reiseck
Assistant Dean
College of Innovative & Professional Programs
Concordia University Chicago


Executive Director Search

The founding Executive Director and Dean has announced his desire to retire on April 1, 2019.  The University Center’s Governing Board now seeks a successor.  The Board’s vision is that the University Center becomes more widely recognized for its contribution to stemming the out-migration of students through provision of high quality programs and services that enable students to remain in place.  At the same time—since technological advances make delivering higher education remotely less dependent on a physical facility—the Board’s vision is that the Center expands beyond this primary function to give more attention to workforce development and regional engagement.

The Governing Board seeks a leader with the creativity to evolve the service and business models so as to enable the Center to meet its annual budget without drawing on reserves.  That leader will also need the willingness to roll up sleeves to manage a small (9 person) staff and a physical facility.  Expertise in workforce development, regional engagement, and change management will be beneficial in achieving those goals as would experience in managing a marketing campaign.  The Board is seeking a leader who is able to work closely with the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Illinois General Assembly to secure or increase the annual appropriation.  A successful candidate should also be adept at working with the Governing Board and with the colleges and universities that comprise this voluntary consortium.

Review of candidates will begin on October 22, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  Click below for the detailed position announcement and application instructions.  See also the full job description and the context for the search.  Questions may be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

ED Position Announcement

Complete Executive Director position description

Context for the Search

University Center of Lake County Partnership with Northern Illinois University

On September 30, 2013, the University Center of Lake County formally began a new partnership with Northern Illinois University designed to increase the Center’s financial sustainability. The process that led to that decision and the goals for the partnership are described in a statement released by University Center of Lake County Governing Board Chair Tony Thompson.

University Center of Lake County Governing Board Statement on Partnership with Northern Illinois University