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Prominent UIS alums to participate in Leadership Roundtable

November 10, 2004

SPRINGFIELD – Several distinguished University of Illinois at Springfield alumni from across the nation will participate in a Leadership Roundtable on Thursday and Friday, November 11 and 12, at the university.

The topic of the Roundtable, “UIS and Higher Education in a World of Rapid Change,” will be the focus of meetings and panel discussions between the 17 alums and UIS administrators, faculty, and student groups.

One of the Roundtable’s alumni participants, David Olien, will be the keynote speaker for the Roundtable’s opening evening at 6 p.m. Thursday in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library.  Olien, who is senior vice president of the University of Wisconsin System and a 1974 graduate of UIS with a master’s degree in Political Studies, will talk about how change is affecting higher education.  Group discussions led by Roundtable members will follow his presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

“UIS is very fortunate to have among its alumni many extraordinary leaders in business, finance, and public service,” said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen. “These individuals have graciously agreed to share their experiences and expertise with us for two days of intensive discussions about change and higher education.”

In addition to Olien, Roundtable participants are:

Linda Renee Baker, Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (BA, 1985; MA, 1987); John D. Blackburn, chief executive officer, COUNTRY Insurance & Financial Services, Lincoln (MA, 1979); Guoxing Chai, vice president, Strategic Operations Property and Casualty Insurance, Coregis Insurance Company, Chicago (MBA, 1993); Michael A. Dunbar, coordinator, Art in Architecture, Capital Development Board, Springfield, and nationally renowned sculptor (MA, 1976); Randall F. Dunn, vice president, Navix Imaging, Inc., Southwest Florida Regional Imaging, Punta Gorda, Florida (BA, 1973; MA, 1974); Kathleen D. Gowin, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Tampa, Florida (MBA, 1987); Karen Hasara, former mayor, City of Springfield (BA, 1972; MA, 1992); Brenda Holmes, member, board of directors, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield (MA, 1972); Perry Lipe, senior vice president and chief information officer, ArvinMeritor, Inc., Troy, Michigan (BA, 1972; MBA 1973).

Thomas E. Livingston, resident vice president, state relations, CSX Transportation, LaGrange, Illinois (MPA, 1997); Syma R. Mendelsohn, chief operating officer and executive vice president, JZA, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland (MA, 1975); David B. Monson, president, Foxboro Health Services, Kansas City, Missouri (BA, 1972; MA); John Rogers, president, Midwest US-China Association, Chicago and Shanghai, China (BA, 1976); Randall L. Schilling, president and chief executive officer, Quilogy, Inc., St. Charles, Missouri (MBA, 1989); Thom M. Serafin, chief executive officer, Serafin & Associates, Inc., Chicago (BA, 1973; MA 1993); and Phil Zeni, chief operating officer and executive vice president, Orban/CRL, Scottsdale, Arizona (BA 1972).
    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.