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July 9, 2002


SPRINGFIELD - Lee H. Walker, president and founder of a Chicago public policy organization, has been named to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) by Governor George Ryan. In addition, Katie Cox, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been elected as the Board's new student representative.

Walker is a member of the Midwest Higher Education Commission and a former member of the Illinois Community College Board. He is president of The New Coalition for Economic and Social Change, which he founded in 1993 to promote economic and social advancement for African Americans through advocacy of self-help programs.

"I thank Governor Ryan for this appointment to the Board of Higher Education," Walker said. "I look forward to working with other Board members to help ensure that Illinois colleges and universities continue to offer high-quality educational programs at an affordable price."

Walker writes a monthly column for Crain's Chicago Business. He is a graduate of Fordham University in New York with a degree in economics and business management. He serves as Chairman of the American Fund of the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Heartland Institute of Chicago.

Katie Cox, who graduated from Eastern Illinois University in May, was named the University's Outstanding Senior of the Year at graduation ceremonies. She earned her B.A. in political science and her graduate work at UIS will be in policy studies.

Cox served as Chair of the IBHE Student Advisory Committee and succeeds John Thompson as the Board's student representative. She has been outspoken on issues of affordability and accountability as a student advocate.

"I am grateful to the Student Advisory Committee for the confidence they have shown in me," Cox said of her election as student Board member. "I will strive to follow John Thompson in serving as a strong, unwavering voice for the students of Illinois."


Don Sevener



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