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Koritz elected U of I board chairman
Board also names Montgomery, Cepeda to Executive Committee

January 19, 2017

CHICAGO — Dr. Timothy N. Koritz, who has served on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees since 2009, was elected to a one-year term as chairman during the board’s annual organizational meeting Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Koritz of Roscoe, is a staff anesthesiologist at Rockford Memorial Hospital and a former clinical assistant professor at the U of I College of Medicine at Rockford. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a medical degree from Harvard University.

He succeeds Edward McMillan of Greenville, who will remain on the board after serving for the last two years as chairman. The board governs the U of I System and its universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield, with more than 81,000 students, 24,000 faculty and staff, and a $5.6 billion annual budget.

Koritz is also a military veteran, serving as a major and flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force, and was officer in charge for the space shuttle emergency medical response team from 1988 to 1991.

The board also elected its three-member Executive Committee, which meets as needed to complete urgent U of I System business that cannot be postponed to a regular meeting. Along with Koritz, members of the committee are James Montgomery of Chicago, and Ramon Cepeda of Darien. All will serve one-year terms.

Trustees also re-elected Thomas R. Bearrows as University legal counsel, Dedra “Dee Dee” Williams as secretary of the Board of Trustees and the University, and Walter K. Knorr as comptroller. All will serve one-year terms. Lester McKeever Jr. was re-elected to a two-year term as treasurer.

The board conducted its organizational meeting while awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner’s appointment of trustees to fill three terms that expired Monday.

Trustees whose six-year terms ended this week are Ricardo Estrada of Chicago, who is president and CEO of Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago and earned an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago; Karen Hasara of Springfield, a former state senator and mayor of Springfield and two-degree graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield; and Patricia Brown Holmes, a Chicago attorney and former judge and prosecutor who earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Along with Koritz, McMillan, Montgomery and Cepeda, other sitting U of I trustees are Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago, and Jill Smart of Downers Grove. Student trustees are Jauwan Hall from the University of Illinois at Chicago; Nathan Hoffman from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and Collin Schumock from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

More information is available at the Board of Trustees’ website – www.uillinois.edu/trustees/.

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The University of Illinois System is a world leader in research and discovery, and the largest educational institution in the state with more than 81,000 students, 24,000 faculty and staff, and universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. The U of I System awards more than 20,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees annually.

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